Beech Trees
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Beech tree not leafing

Zone Jersey channel islands | Lawrence added on April 5, 2015 | Answered

Our beech tree is about 14 years old and for the first time ever the leaves have not broken out. The buds are there but they are brown. The tree ,when you scratch the bark, is still green so I presume it is still alive. What can I do to get the leaves to break out?

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shelley
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Answered on April 5, 2015

Beech tree buds are usually brownish in color. Since there is green under the bark the best thing I can do is prescribe some patience. Trees have their own timeline for breaking bud and they do so only when they know "true spring" has arrived. The following article will help explain:
http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/how-do-trees-know-when-to-leaf-out-in-the-spring

I wish things would green up faster too - I have had it with winter!

For more information on growing beech trees, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/beech/beech-trees-in-landscapes.htm

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