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Does anyone know if my apple tree is okay. The trunk and branches look really red. There is also a white mold growing at the base of the trunk. There are some strange looking mushrooms growing near the base of the tree.
 
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The red color appears to be sap flushing, as an apple tree wakes up in the spring the flow of sap increases and can cause a slight swelling of the cambium layer in yearling wood which will give a reddish tint through the thin bark layer.

The strange looking mushrooms appear to be puff balls or puff ball like fruits. The single angle doesn't give a lot of detail, so it is hard to make a good determination.

The white mold might be a mold or it could be a fungus, white scale can also look like that  but again we only get one view of that portion of the trunk so it is very hard to tell which it might be.

If you can take and post some photos going all the way around the trunk it might be easier to make some determinations ( divide the trunk ground into 4 pieces of pie and one photo from each pie section, close ups would be good too, if you can take them).

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Thank you for the great feedback!! I took some more photos. I really appreciate your help.
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That appears to be a mold, just spray it down with some soapy water then rinse with clear water.

You might slice one of those fungi to see what it looks like inside. I suspect they are indeed puff balls.

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Thanks I'll do that.  I found a good video, here is the link: http://www.survivallandusa.com/Giant-Puffball-Mushrooms.html
There were some puffballs in the video that look exactly like the ones I have.  I'll cut it open and attach photos soon.  Thanks again
 
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The puff balls are really hard now and have dried out.  There was one I could open.  The inside is like a purple color.  If I find a fresh one growing I'll cut it open and post pics.  https://photos.app.goo.gl/XOLnlN7zAj7KJ2sh1
 
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yep that is a puff ball, I'd spread those around your gardens, the mycelium is great for trees, shrubs, bushes, even vegetables.
Just smash them and toss them around so the earth mother can water the spores in for you.
Puff balls will eventually form a fairy ring if left undisturbed for a few years.
Their hyphae form very nice fungal highways too.
 
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Are they poisonous? I read online they are. We have dogs.
 
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That actually depends on the species, some puff balls are edible (not that I've ever tried them, I prefer to use them for mushroom slurries).
 
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