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Re: Dead Oak Tree

Subject: Re: Dead Oak Tree
From: Wayne Tyson
Date: Jul 27 2020 22:03:47
Ivy and other things around the base of trees alters the microclimate,
sometimes shifting the humidity enough to encourage pathogens. Such plants
also slow down stemflow during and after rains, leading to similar shifts.
Context again.

Wayne

Are all hollow trees just as strong as those with solid heartwood?

On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 2:57 AM Tahir Sharif <tahir@xxxxxxxxxxxx.org> wrote:

Following another post where someone had removed Ivy from the base of a
sycamore to uncover a fungal infection I decided it would be prudent to
do the same with the still living oaks in this run and I found some
fungal fruiting bodies at the base of one of them. The tree is the
largest of the five and looks like it must have suffered a lightning
strike or other serious damage several decades ago as most of the
branches sprout off at funny angles (nothing worrying, just unusual)
from where big limbs have disappeared. The trunk is hollow but the tree
looks very healthy. I haven't measured it but I guess at chest height
it's probably 3 ft in diameter.

Tahir



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