Beech tree problems

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Beech trees are tall shade trees with smooth silver bark. While they are generally healthy trees and popular for landscaping, they do have a few problems which should be understood before they are planted.

Structural problems

The beech tree has very shallow roots. This makes the tree prone to toppling and vulnerable to compaction, where the soil is too tightly packed to allow the tree to receive nourishment.


The beech tree is sensitive to drought and to salt. It can be planted in any region of the UK, but it should not be planted near saltwater.

Fungal leaf spots

Fungus may attach itself to the surface of the beech tree's leaves, creating round spots where the leaves yellow and wither. Some types of fungal leaf spots that affect beech trees include Phyllosticta, Microstrom and Gloeosporium.

Beech bark disease

Beech bark disease produces rough cankers on the bark of the beech tree. The fungus that produces beech bark disease gets into the bark through wounds or cuts and causes the tree to become weak and susceptible to wind damage.

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