- cap up to 8cm wide, fanlike convex shape, smooth, moist, cream to light brown.
- flesh is off-white, firm.
- stem usually not present, otherwise white, dry, with white hairs at base.
- usually grows in large overlapping custers, on trees, logs and stumps of hardwoods and conifers, never on the ground.
- appears in spring and fall.
- has a mild, pleasant taste and fragrant fruity odor; cook before eating.
- tip: the oyster mushroom has several looka-alikes that are indistinguishable in the field, all are edible as long as they grow on trees (avoid those growing on dead wood/logs/stumps).
- a potentially poisonous look-alike is the Angel wings mushroom (Pleurocybella porrigens), which is similar in appearance but is white rather than cream, has thinner flesh, no odor, and grows on dead wood (logs/stumps) rather than trees.