Honey Fungus: What To Grow?

We have an area that has honey fungus and, as we are overlooked, we want to grow an ornamental tree that grows to approximately 4 metres to afford us privacy. Any suggestions for small trees that fit the bill? 

Are there other flowering plants that will survive in that general area? Recommendations please.


  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    This should give you all you need. 


  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I had this problem. Therre are a number of plants that succumb less to the fungus. 

    I was given a very long list by my then tree officer;

    Ash, Bamboo, beech, box, catalpa, hawthorn, holly, liquidamber, photina, tamarisk,douglas fir, Cercis, fothergilla

    Hope this helps,there is more if you wish just contact me here.

    A nother thing is to ensure the soil is very healthy 0 compost, manure it helps to maintain the plants health

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Just re-read and you asked for floweringnplants - perennials are mostly fine. Shrubs again off my list

    Chaenomeles, clematis, kerria, pieris, pittospurnum, eleagnus, fothergilla

  • Is there a best way to lmit the spread of the disease? I have removed the tree and roots.

    Are you suggesting using new compost and manure? I am going to try protecting the other trees nearby using Armillatox.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I gave up and lived with it. That is until we moved - strange but one of the questions when house hunting was Is there Honey Fungus in the areaa?

    I did find that choosing carefully helped - roses are a big nono as is rhododendron. 

    If you Google honey fungus or look at the RHS link above you will see it is virtually impossible to eradicate.

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    Armillotox doesn't work on Honey Fungus, although it has been advocated as a remedy in the past. Armillotox is no longer permitted to be sold as a soil treatment because of EU regulations about toxicity, so can't be promoted as such by the manufacturer. It is still recommended as a cleaner for greenhouses, pots etc.. 

    It is unlikely that anything you do will stop it spreading to nearby shrubs and trees, other than removing infected plants and replacing with resistant species. As Matty says, google the RHS for best advice. 

  • I'll try anything to save my plants and so, although I've read that it may not work, I am going to use the Armillotox. The website suggests that the only reason it is no longer sanctioned is because of the EU, not because it does not work.

  • We have this in an old birch tree stump.  I have been frightened to dig it up in case I spread it but it doesn`t look as though I can prevent that anyway.  It doesn`t appear to be affecting brambles (we have plenty of those !)  nut trees, hawthorn or holly.


    We have been given 3 fruit trees - a Bramley Apple, a Pear and a Cherry. Anyone know if these are susceptible ?

  • Cherry is definately suseptible, see my posts in the other honey fungus thread.

    Armillotox has had to change its name due to new regulations, but it is the exact same product, just rebranded as patio cleaner etc.

  • I am pretty sure it is Honey Fungus destroying my climbing rose's, clematis and other shrubs.  We cut down a May hedge and left the stumps and roots for stag beetles (of which we have many).  I completely replanted the bed and all was well for the first year.  The second year (last year) and this year disaster set in, even the vigorous Autumn clematis looked sick and hardly had any flowers.  I have fed, mulched and pruned everything - to no avail.  Then about a month ago a huge patch of fungus appeared near one of the May stumps.  I recall similar last year on a different May stump.  Gutted!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,722

    Are you sure it's honey fungus?  There are other fungi that  attack dead and dying wood - it's how such things decompose and disappear. 

     Honey fungus will affect roses, but clematis are not thought to be susceptible - here is a list of the plants most commonly attacked and others that are sometimes susceptible  http://www.rhs.org.uk/Media/PDFs/Advice/HoneyFungusList

    Good luck. 

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Sam84Sam84 Posts: 4

    If I fell sycamores with hony fungus can I replant in the same area.

    even if I wait a year or two.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,722

    It depends what you want to plant there Sam.  I wouldn't plant sycamores there again if that's what you're thinking of.  You need to find something you like that is resistant to the honey fungus.

    There's a list here showing those most susceptible and those that show good resistance https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/pdfs/honey-fungus-host-list


    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    I wouldn't plant sycamore anyway!

    Is honey fungus really Phytophthera, Verdun?  That's definitely potato blight etc., which is very different.  I thought it was Armillaria or something like that?

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