Fungus on old birch wood

Asked January 19, 2019, 12:46 PM EST

A fungus grew all over these birch logs after the tree had died and been cut down. Could it be the silver leaf fungus? If it is, what is the best way to get rid of it? Is it safe to burn the logs, either outside or indoors in a wood stove? Thank you!

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1 Response

Thank you for your question. We believe that the fungus growing on the dead wood is an interesting and important one called ‘turkeytail’ fungus. You can read about the many varieties of wood-decaying fungi here: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74109.html Do not burn the wood. Just let it decay (decompose) naturally. These are very important in and to our environment because they break down the ‘tough’ material in wood, returning the nutrients to the soil for re-use by new plants! You do not want to destroy these valuable (and beautiful) structures. The earth could not exist without them! Here’s more: https://www.emlab.com/resources/education/environmental-reporter/decay-fungi-overview/ Hope this is helpful. Good luck!