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Can a single tree have multiple mycorrhizal fungi species?

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For example, can an individual hemlock tree have a mycorrhizal relationship with both Hydnum umbilicatum and Lactarius subpurpureus at the same time?  Maybe on different roots?

Just wondering if I should bother looking for Wine Red milkies under hemlocks where I already found hedgehogs under. I realize I won’t find them until August, but I’m trying to plan ahead. 

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Yes, some trees can have multiple mycorrhizal fungi associated with them simultaneously .  Douglas-fir is well known for multiple associations.  I don't know about hemlock, but it's likely to be similar.

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