Silver Birch (Betula pendula) [3 of 4]

The Silver Birch grows quickly but has a fairly short life span of about thirty years. As it ages the common Birch polypore fungus takes hold and the tree dies.

The fungus itself is fascinating as it starts out brown on top and white underneath but as it dries out it takes on the same colouring and appearance as its host and you would think it was all part of the natural tree itself.

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