All trees, like all people, have issues.Yep, that tree looks like it has issues.
The mistletoe is what does it in for me. You'd NEVER be able to cut it all out, the tree is too infected.
I've dealt with many Armillaria infected trees, Armillaria mellea is some of the worst mainly because it can affect healthy trees and take over quite quickly, not 100% sure if Mellea is the one in the pic though.the mushrooms and decay are spread out about 50% circumference.
sounds pretty solid most of the way around
id agree with the Armillaria, no resistograph in the valley that i know of yet
structure does look good above the base.
i agree with brian on the decay from past experience but the canopy is pretty healthy, black oak have an open canopy.
im enjoying the responses and differing view points
Agree with that to, we have tried controling armillaria with armillatox treatments and feeds, on a smaller scale in the past you may prolong the life of the tree by x amount of years but generally the honey fungus will win eventually, after all all honey fungus is natures way of breaking down trees in the forest, just in an urban enviroment thats not good.Good management would say to remove the tree. There are options, but how viable are they for your customers pocketbook? Save the ISA wine and cheese tactics for those who have the money to gamble, You know there are dying/dead roots on a good portion of that tree. Along comes a stormy summer day, SMASH! thru the house, not good.
This sounds like a tactic borne of Mogen David, mind rotted by rotgut, and a view of trees as things to cut down.Save the ISA wine and cheese tactics for those who have the money to gamble, You know there are dying/dead roots on a good portion of that tree. Along comes a stormy summer day, SMASH! thru the house, not good.
i work on these trees often, the canopy seems normal from past experience, i dont see much die back. theres alot of dead wood typical to a tree that hasnt been pruned in years. i do agree with most of what marc has to say about the effects of armillaria and sounding and spending peoples money.Also you say the canopy looks fairly healthy? Did you see it in full leaf or are you going by signs of die back? I've again seen trees with no signs of die back, but the foliage can be sparse/er with smaller leaves, yet the decay was advanced, so not always a good indicator.
Basically fell it.
I don't get it--are you for forced euthenasia?we have a tendency in our society to attempt to 'save' that which is too far gone.
Just look at our health care industry..