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Yellow roots

Hi all, hope you are well.

Please bear with me - as I'm new to gardening (having recently become a home owner) and know next to nothing about the subject - but I'm looking forward to learning image

Anyway, long story short, I was clearing out the front garden to make way for some new hedges / plants and came across an old tree stump. After digging around to try to remove it, I noticed that the skin under the bark, and the roots were a toxic yellow colour - the picture doesn't really do it justice:


I wasn't sure if this was normal, some sort of fungus or a method the previous owner had used to kill off the tree.

Any help is much appreciated!

Thanks in advance



  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 518

    My berberis has yellow roots like that (I think), also mahonia is like that too.  Don't think it's anything unusual.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151

    No idea what sort of tree it is, but my bet is that is completely normal - different types of trees have different coloured wood, roots etc.  Think of oak, mahogany, teak, pine etc.  Not a problem and nothing to worry about.


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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