White fungus

Asked May 4, 2016, 6:27 PM EDT

This is found at the base of a hard maple tree about 20 plus years old. Please advise. Hope it isn't root rot.
Thanks
M.Horton

Jackson County Missouri trees and shrubs urban forestry horticulture

1 Response

I could not identify that exact mushroom by this photo alone, but it does appear to be a white rot. Those will slowly degrade the structural integrity of the tree by breaking down lignin and cellulose, and may ultimately lead to it needing to be cut down. If you wish to have the structural integrity of the tree evaluated, you can call a local certified arborist, or if you wish to get the mushroom identified properly down to its species, you may bring it in to your local extension office, and we can send it off to campus for a fee of $15.