Sometimes when I'm walking I see something that catches my eye and decide to follow up on it.
Tree conks are a fungi that grows on trees.
While quite interesting to look at and often pretty, they are a sign of rot and decaying wood in a tree.
The above conk is very near the ground on this tree in a local park.
From what I've read, this tree could be rotten inside and in danger of falling.
This next tree has a lot of conks on it.
It is next to the ditch near here.
It was a beautiful red maple that died and part of it came down in a wind storm so it was cut off.
I was so taken with this old tree stump and it's conks I decided to follow it up a different times and seasons.
In the summer the conks weren't as visible due to brush and weeds growing in the ditch but when the leave came off in fall I discovered the conks.
The conks are growing all around the bottom of the tree.
First snowstorm December 2012.
After an ice storm in December 2012.
They looked kind of pretty with the icicles hanging off them.
If you see conks growing on trees on your property, it might be wise to have a tree arborist look at it. The tree might be diseased and rotten inside and in danger of falling on your property, a neighbour's, or even a person. Even if they are pretty and interesting to look at they could be a danger to you and your property.
Have you ever seen a conk? It's a funny name isn't it?
Have a great day!