Honey fungus is an underground fungus that attacks the roots of woody plants.
Do not confuse with:
Dark Honey Fungus
Honey fungus (Armillaria mellea) is an underground fungus that attacks the roots of woody plants – mainly trees. The fungus causes Armillaria root rot and White rot. Between the bark and the wood behind the bark, there is white fungal growth that turns into root-like fungal threads as time progresses. The affected wood decays, making the tree susceptible to windthrow. In autumn, brown mushrooms form at the base of the tree.
The honey fungus is edible after thorough cooking.
The honey fungus resembles the Dark honey fungus (Armillaria ostoyae), but the Honey fungus has a yellow border under the collar of the cap; the Dark honey agaric has not.
Where to find
- Woody plants (mainly trees), but also Wisteria
After damage by the honey fungus, recovery of the tree is not possible.
Does not apply.