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Jul 31, 2020 5:19 PM CST
There is a spot in one of my beds were an evergreen tree was cut down last year. I had no problems with the stump sprouting or anything, thank goodness, but recently, I found this growing on the stump. I managed to pull some of it off.

Is this a fungus as in some sort of mushroom? What is it? How do I get rid of it? I do not want it to spread as I have Salvias growing in that bed, and they are doing beautifully.

Thank You!


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ViburnumValley
Jul 31, 2020 7:00 PM CST
That is simply a decompositional fungus, helping turn the old wood of the stump back into the minerals from which it was formed. It is nothing for your Salvia sp. or you to worry about.
John
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Jul 31, 2020 7:29 PM CST
Whew! Well that is a relief. Why has it taken more than 16 months for it to develop?
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Aug 1, 2020 3:53 PM CST
That is a good question. You can help us answer it by providing more information.

We don't know where you garden. We don't know what species of tree this was/is.

I'm purely guessing, but you might be a Pacific Northwest gardener - Seattle or Portland area - by picking up on your avatar as a clue. So, that means you have a mild climate generally with ample rainfall part of the year and drier times reliably at others.

You did say the stump belonged to an evergreen, though you didn't say whether it was a broadleaf evergreen like a Cherrylaurel or a conifer like a Thuja sp. or Picea sp.

If this was indeed a Western Redcedar (native in PNW), then I am not surprised that you have not noticed decompositional action very quickly. The wood of Western Redcedar is prized for outdoor uses like decking, siding, shingles, etc. - because it is extremely resistant to rot.

So - I've chased enough squirrels up trees. Let us know some additional information, and see how close or completely off the mark I may be.
John
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Aug 1, 2020 4:36 PM CST
I did not plant this tree. I am not sure anyone planted it. It may have come from a bird dropping seed as it flew over. All I can tell you is that it was some sort of evergreen like a conifer, and that it harboured chiggers. I found that out once after I trimmed it back once after it grew so much that it blocked the walkway in the alley. It was perhaps four feet tall at the time I moved here. I watered it, and over only 5 years, it more than doubled in size. It grew up past the gutters and the edge of the roof. I was worried about damage to the roof and the foundation as its roots had done in pretty deap and were quite large. Someone cut it down for me roughly 16 months ago.

I am in north central Texas. It is very hot here about 4-5 months of the year. Humid pretty much all year long. I hope this information is helpful.

Thank You!
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