Top Questions About Beech Trees

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Questions About Beech Trees

Asked by
piermont on
June 18, 2011

Q. Woodland Heavy Shade Planting

Have recently fenced off a half acre block with mature beech and lime trees and was wondering what plants would be best to plant and what, if any, grasses would grow under this canopy. It’s very shady, so ground holds moisture but also in Scottish borders (east, height 600 ft).

Answered by
Heather on
June 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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This article will help you with choosing a shade tolerant grass that you like:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/shade-tolerant-grass.htm

This section of the site will help you with choosing plants for your shady area:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/shade

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Asked by
emmagibber on
October 31, 2011

Q. Beech Hedging Is Not Growing

we planted beech hedging on top of our stone wall 2 years ago. we followed the guidelines given with the plants. unfortunately it has not flourished at all it looks sparse and has hardly had any growth. we desperately wanted it for some privacy for our garden but it seems to be a disaster. it did have some green leaves for a short time this summer but they did not last long and have fallen off now. we thought it was supposed to be a year round hedge? some of the hedges have a few brown leaves on now.

Answered by
Heather on
November 6, 2011
Certified Expert
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You may have a fungus that is attacking the plants. This would stunt the growth and cause leaf loss. Try treating the plants with a fungicide to clear this up. As a precaution, you may also want treat for pests with a pesticide as this may also cause issues on the plants.

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Asked by
kaybug on
April 26, 2012

Q. bark coming off my beech tree

The bark is cracking and is popping off in some areas. How can I fix this problem before I lose the tree?

Answered by
Heather on
April 29, 2012
Certified Expert
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There are many, many reasons for this to happen, from disease to cultural to environmental issues. It would be best if you had a local professional come and look at the damage as a visual examination is needed to really diagnose most tree problems.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 21, 2014

Q. A Tree in Winter

I live in northern Georgia. There is a native tree here – I believe it to be a birch or a beech – that does not drop its leaves when all the others do. The leaves now are a beautiful light brown, sort of like a brown paper bag and they are all remaining on the tree. I read an article many years ago about them, but I can’t remember if it’s birch or beech and I can’t seem to find any pictures of the trees in the wintertime. As you look out over a wooded area, the scene is dotted with these trees with their beautiful leaves while all the others have turned dark brown and dropped. They create a beautiful scene. Thank you.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 21, 2014
Certified Expert
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Beech trees hold onto their foliage longer than do most deciduous trees. In fact, they don't always lose all their leaves in winter, making them fairly easy to identify. The dead, rusty-brown leaves can actually be quite attractive against a white, wintery background.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 7, 2014

Q. Taking cuttings off a beech tree

We had to have a standard copper beech tree chopped down, as it had grown too large in the front garden and the roots were lifting up the tarmac! Could you advise me if it is possible to take a ‘cutting’ from the group of mini branches which have appeared from where the bottom branch was cut off – this being about 18 inches from the base of the ‘stump’. I would very much appreciate your help on this matter. Have searched the web but, unfortunately, it only gives advice on where the mini branches have come from out of the ground close to the stump.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 7, 2014
Certified Expert
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Normally these trees can be difficult to propagate via cuttings. That being said, hardwood cuttings are typically the type used for most trees. These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/rooting-plant-cuttings.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 8, 2014

Q. Tricolor Beech Tree

I live in Louisville, KY. I have a tricolor beech that is about 10 years old, planted in a shady area. April and May it is absolutely beautiful with flowers and then vibrant pink leaves. By June the leaves are brown and dried out the remainder of the summer. This happens every year. Why?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
October 11, 2014
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In looking through the forums, I see that these trees are very beautiful spring and early summer, then the pink leaves fade. Sometimes they get kind of bronzy, sometimes they get all brown around the edges, sometimes they turn all brown and dried. Seems to be the nature of the tree. You could try increasing the moisture level, maybe add more mulch, trying to keep it more moist. Perhaps more organics like peat or compost worked into the soil would help.

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Asked by
Lawrence on
April 5, 2015

Q. Beech tree not leafing

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?

Answered by
shelley on
April 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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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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