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Is this honey fungus?

This has appeared on our oak sleepers. Any ideas what it is? Is it honey fungus? ... and any ideas how we can get rid of it as it's taking over and rotting the wood. Thanks

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  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,507
    It looks like Oyster fungus, a picture of the gills would help with identification. There isn't anyway to get rid of a fungus once it takes up residence that I know of.
  • heath64heath64 Posts: 31
    @Skandi - here’s a pic of the gills. Is that anymore obvious what type of fungus it is?
  • heath64heath64 Posts: 31

    And another 
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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,560
    It's definitely not honey fungus, anyway.   :)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • heath64heath64 Posts: 31
    That's great if it's not - what is it that makes you sure it's not? Thanks so much

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,560
    We have honey fungus in our front garden - no fruiting bodies (ie toadstools) at the moment, but last year I photographed it and sent the photo to the RHS so they could confirm my suspicions.  The toadstools are usually honey coloured, and have a definite circular cap, with a stem which has a frill round it.  There are photos on line.

    There was a thread specifically about fungus on oak sleepers last year:https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1038242/oak-sleeper-fungus

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • heath64heath64 Posts: 31
    ..I've googled more and now convinced (to my relief) they're oyster mushrooms! 
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,507
    edited August 2021
    A couple of things make it certainly not honeyfungus.
    The caps are the wrong shape, colour and do not have the right texture.
    The gills run down the stem whereas honeyfungus gills stop on the cap
    There is no ring around the stem.
    A final test would be to take one of the fresh mushrooms put it on a piece of paper and leave it overnight, honeyfungus will leave a pale cream spore print, and oyster leaves a lilac print.
    There's several different types of honey fungus and those are 100% not any of them.
  • heath64heath64 Posts: 31
    Thank you so much for all the advice - and thanks for the link to the other thread.
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