Many types of mushrooms are decomposers of wood. We have had a large brush pile in our woods for about 8 years and this is the first year that any noticeable mushrooms have fruited there. Lucky for us it is the lovely and edible coral fungus, Clavicorona pixidata. It is easily identified from many other corals by the delicate branching of the tips, which look like the points on a crown.
Cora Mollen, author of Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods and founder of Northstate Mycological Club.
Northstate Mycological Club