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Good morning all, Has anyone seen examples of serious bark damage on mature Tulip trees? This specimen is in West Dorset, and aside from the problems shown in the photographs it appears to be in rude health. There are some dried out rhizomorphs on the stem that would suggest Honey Fungus is the culprit, but no fruiting bodies apparent - they may appear later in the year. There are several areas of dark staining and some 'oozy' secretions associated with them. The owner says that he has never noticed any mushrooms on or near the tree, and believes that the bark must have fallen off within the last few months. Would Honey fungus alone account for the damage? Would one expect the tree to be showing signs of stress in the canopy given the amount of dysfunction in the lower stem. The tree is much-loved by the family, and they would like to retain it if possible. If catastrophic failure were to occur, the tree would most likely fall onto the lawn. The house is a safe distance away. The damage is on the NE part of the stem, extending approx 1.5m high, and there is further loose bark that is likely to fall off fairly soon. There has been no mechanical damage to the area from grazing animals or strimmers, etc. No fire either. The tree has flowered normally. Any observations welcome!