Root Rot - Heterobasidion annosum

    Description

    This fungus forms large bracket shaped growths that can be quite large, sometimes nearing 30 cm across. The uneven lumpy surface is at first light brown, but darkens with age.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Mainly on the roots of coniferous trees.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Parasitic on the roots of coniferous trees causing intensive rot and ultimately death of the infected tree; occasionally also infecting deciduous trees

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in suitable locations in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map