Fungus at base of oak

Asked December 30, 2018, 11:07 AM EST

The fungus in the picture is growing at the base of a mature oak tree. What should I do? Is this an indication that the tree may fall and should be removed? The fungus is about 16 inches across.

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1 Response

Unfortunately, what you have there looks like a type of wood decay fungus. It is a sign that there may be decay in the heartwood of the tree, for which there is no cure. You should have the tree evaluated by a certified arborist. See the following information:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/how-do-you-decide-when-remove-tree

You can search for a qualified arborist using the following website: http://www.treesaregood.org/

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