Here’s the latest addition to our tree fungi gallery.  This specimen was found recently on a sycamore in a Weymouth garden.

Ganoderma applanatum is commonly known as artist’s bracket fungus because you can write or draw on the underside of the fruiting body using a twig or other sharp object.  In the context of our tree surgery work, it is an indicator of a white rot that feeds on the lignin within the heartwood, causing significant loss of tensile strength – leading ultimately to catastrophic fracture of the main trunk or wind-throw when subjected to an exceptional weather event.

If you have noticed this or similar fruiting bodies on any of your trees, call Dale on 07530 686040 for some free, expert advice.