When trees’ hearts rot // Ask Bohmer

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This piece of wood was cut down and, as you can see, the centre of it is rotten – which is known as heartwood rot.

While some people may associate the term with a stale relationship, heartwood rot is when a tree has a fungal infection that causes the centre of the trunk and branches to decay.

However the outside of the trunk is perfectly healthy, as are its leaves, and so to most it looks perfectly healthy.

Therefore the problem with identifying heartwood rot is that you can’t identify it from the exterior, however one of the symptoms that is present upon inspection is when you see mushrooms and fungal growths on the trunk.

Contact us if you are worried your trees may have heartwood rot or any other issues – we’re happy to call out for an inspection and friendly chat to identify it there’s a problem and how we may be able to help.