Too many times do we come across trees that have simply been hacked at, battered and bruised at the base, or just appear outright stressed. It’s certainly an unfortunate sight, and it really does have an adverse impact upon the streetscape – unhealthy and unsightly trees can make an area appear uncared for.
In this case, we can see four Prunus cerasifera ‘Pissardii’ that, whilst relatively pretty in blossom, have suffered significant pruning wounds and basal damage (from the overhead wires being kept free of branches and parked cars, respectively). As a result, fungal colonisation has occurred, and their form is not to be desired. Even during summer, they aren’t particularly graceful specimens. I sounded all four with a hammer, and they didn’t indicate extensive hollowing, though I remain sceptical about there not being much decay. Given sporophores have breached out onto multiple sides of all of the trees, their decay columns may very likely be extensive (at least) in the radial direction.