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Profile Image Sam Cochrane

icedance

Gardened all my life and have been working in horticulture since 2003, love plants and music among other things.

Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea' syn. Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea'

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2017
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icedance

My next door but ones Beech tree after being felled due to the presence of previous pics fungus ... rotted the roots to sponge and made its way up hollowing out the centre 😱 felled before it fell !!

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leisel

Always sad when such big majestic trees succumb to this.... the cycle of life I guess 😢😇 @icedance

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icedance

Tragic @leisel @awomanonabike don't mean to frighten anyone but knowledge is power.. if you do see this growth on a live upright tree it's worth knowing its capacity for destruction.. it takes many years but it's often the reason a tree will fall often on a perfectly still day .. a few years ago the kids and I saw this happen when on a walk in the woods on a perfect summers day 😢

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susanhumphrey333

Very sad and dangerous 😞😱

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awomanonabike

That must have been pretty scary Sam 😱 I know it happens but have never witnessed it, thank goodness.

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icedance

It made us jump for sure .. it was eerie and fortunately a good way away from us 😅 @awomanonabike

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leisel

I know here in Australia people have had similar issues with their Jacarandas, where they unknowingly rot. Several years ago a suburb in Brisbane the council had to fell a large number of Jacarandas in public parklands due to public safety.

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awomanonabike

I bet...Must have been quite strange 🤔

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lesliecole49

I recently read that the shelf type fungus feeds from and will kill a tree. I guess this is proof

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hayleyaj

Such a shame 😥

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icedance

It's a worrying fungus and very stealthy it is becoming more and more prevalent too sadly @leisel @lesliecole49 @hayleyaj

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