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Old Dec 1, 2012, 4:06 pm   #1
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Tree polypores...Chicken Mushrooms?

I was taking pics of 32 year-old storm damage for a facebook album I titled 32 years later...it was 32 years ago when a powerful thunderstorm went across Southern Michigan leaving trees down everywhere...this was probably the most powerful thunderstorm I have experienced.
Anyways, after looking at my picture, I noticed a bunch of mushrooms growing on a Black Cherry tree that had lost its top on July 16, 1980 when the storm hit. This is a tree I remember seeing as a kid because it was near my school, and at the time was a tall stand-alone tree.
I was focused on where the top had been broken off and didn't notice the mushrooms. I'll have to go back with my telephoto lens and get pics of the mushrooms.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 5:51 pm   #2
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Re: Tree polypores...Chicken Mushrooms?

I went back today and took some more photos.
The mushrooms are growing on a living Black Cherry tree (though the portion they are growing on appears to be rotten), and are about 15 feet off the ground, so too high to harvest,(so it really doesn't matter if they are edible or not.) However, the hillside the tree grows on also has some ash trees (not visible in any of the photos), and I'll have to check this area out in the spring when it is morel time.
Most of the trees are Black Cherry and American Elm in the photo...on the other side of the road is a grove of Austrian Pine trees. I have never looked for morels at this location.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 6:32 pm   #3
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Re: Tree polypores...Chicken Mushrooms?

Definitively chickens,mike
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Old May 17, 2013, 10:07 pm   #4
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Re: Tree polypores...Chicken Mushrooms?

Yeah, I found some too, on a tree overhanging a river I had no chance of getting to lol
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 11:51 pm   #5
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Re: Tree polypores...Chicken Mushrooms?

Check out the snow banks this winter at this location.
http://michiganmorels.com/funtalk/sh...ad.php?t=16822

This snowbanks look tall because there is a big embankment there, which I would have had to climb to get to the tree to get the Chicken Mushrooms, plus they were 15 ft or so up in the tree.
(You can see the Cherry Tree as a stand-alone tree in the 1978 photo in the link.)

I plan on visiting this location in the spring and taking more photos with no snow on the ground, plus seeing if any morels grow around the ash trees on the hillside.

This past fall was so snowy that I didn't even visit the tree to see if it had Chicken Mushrooms growing on it. What a difference a year makes!
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If you look in the link I posted, you can see an ash tree on the right on top of the snowbank. I think the Emerald Ash Borers have gotten it, but it was still alive last year.
That hillside looks like one of those random places that morels grow, with the Ash and Black Cherry trees there.
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I didn't find any morels here this past spring.
As a result of Tuesday's derecho, this tree is only half the tree it used to be!
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Re: Tree polypores...Chicken Mushrooms?

It looks like the half of the tree that had the mushrooms on it broke off. Be sure to review the earlier photos...though the crown of this tree may not be typical of a Black Cherry because of storms in the past, you can see the typical dark scaly bark of a Black Cherry. I've found Black Morels in sandy soils near Black Cherries.
The ash trees around this hillside are almost all dead now, so they won't host morels.(You can see the dead/dying ash trees in my previous post.) There are elms though, and if they die I'll be looking for morels around them.

edit: I looked at my original photo of the mushrooms growing on the tree and it appears that the limb broke just above where the mushrooms were growing. That limb must have been rotten inside and the strong thunderstorm winds on 7/1/14 were just too much for it.
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I see morels right now Jochs !
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