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Tree Tipping

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11-26-2021, 7:41 PM
Black Locust
Added by
Maurice Mcmurry

Photo Comments

  1. Maurice Mcmurry
    Many of the big Black Locust tree around central MO have hollow stumps. They also get attacked by Borers which introduces a fungus. The fungus grows shelf mushrooms, usually about 20 - 40 feet above the ground. The fungus rots the wood and migrates down eventually meeting the hollow stump . Many trees break off right where the mushrooms grow. This tree had about 6 feet of solid log, above the hollow stump and below the fungus.
  2. Mel Fulks
    Interesting stuff, been hearing for years how durable locust wood is . But now ,it’s also delicious to borers, and ….ironically, that is not boring.
    Sounds like lots of locust might be kept in low cost fall-out shelters.
  3. Maurice Mcmurry
    If you can get to the wood before the borers and fungus it would indeed be good for fallout shelters. Our property was cleared with a bulldozer in 1972 the rack heaps of buried wood have logs that are still solid. 5 to 10 inch diameter seem to hold up the best. Good fire wood too even after years on and in the ground.
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