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This massive Oak has been by best “chicken” tree for the last 10 years producing dozens of specimens, sometimes a dozen per year both in Spring and Fall. It is no wonder that there is so much mycelium throughout the entire thing/tree. All the wood was soft and ruined. A strong wind blew this over one night. It was living and appeared to be healthy, if you didn’t know any better.


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It has not fruited.
By: Jon Shaffer (watchcat)
2016-06-17 14:55:46 CDT (-0400)
I have a feeling it won’t fruit soon with the disturbance to the mycelium.
Wow, a dozen in a year!
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-06-16 22:34:28 CDT (-0400)

I guess the tree remains alive throughout the fungal colonization because the fungus consumes the non-living (structural) portion.

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2016-06-16 20:13:30 CDT (-0400)

No fungi, but still a wonderful post!

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-06-16 20:01:54 CDT (-0400)