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.