Native to East Asia, the shiitake mushroom is one of the most cultivated mushrooms found around the world. The shiitake mushroom grows on decaying wood amongst deciduous trees.
The word deciduous mean to fall off annually when the part is no longer needed. This includes leaves, petals, and antlers. A few examples of trees that shiitakes grow well on are oak, maple, chestnut, poplar, mulberry.
Pictured below, are large limbs taken from a freshly falling oak tree that fell during a wind storm. We stacked them in a log cabin formation and inserted shiitake mushroom plugs. Roughly 1 ½ years later, we started to see some shiitakes emerge. These particular logs should be able to produce shiitakes for the next 5 to 10 years.