Port Orford Cedar has white fungus looking growth climbing up the bottom of trunk
I’ve seen a post from 2017 on this but no answer was given. The poster had paid $250 to an arborist who did t know what it was. The tree looks healthy but I’m worried about it. It’s also on the ground at the base of the tree. I included a photo of that too.
Thank you for the two responses. I had read the prior question and response which I referenced in my question. A wait and see how it affects the health of the tree, in my view, was not an answer since avoiding dealing with a sick and dying tree was the reason for the question in the first place. It is a very large tree and i did not want to be forced to have it taken down. I had an Ash tree taken down last year - it had some sort of root or heart disease/rot. Not that large of a tree and it cost $900. I also have another Port orford tree right next to the one with fungus and don't want two large diseased trees.
I was also thinking the fungus was not tree specific, as in a pathogen that attacked a specific living tree species, because the fungus was also on the ground. However, my concern was that it could be nonspecific and had spread from the ground up the tree. I don't know anything about fungus so I wasn't sure if that was possible.
Thank you both for your helpful responses. I have a next step which is helpful and I also hope you get responses from your additional inquiries.
I looked up the meaning of saprophytic fungus and it seems to go on dead material. Is tree bark considered dead material? Thank you.
Saprophyte: Saprophytes feed with decaying organic matter from dead organisms.
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Perfect! I am relieved. Thank you very much for going to such lengths to provide such a detailed answer.