Fagus Sylvatica (Common beech) dying

DrankonJune 2, 2014


I hope you can help me. At the end of March my friend gave me a matured beech tree (still in dormant state) and I planted it in my garden. The tree was about 3 meters high (I would say about 6 years old). We made sure that most of the roots were saved and I dug the hole at lest twice the size of the root system. We mixed that with compost and I watered almost every day. The soil where the tree is placed is not good, quite wet and made of clay. However I secured it well and almost half the soil was the compost and proper top soil (the rest was that poor clay soil). The tree grew very nicely in first 2 months. It is about 4 meters high now (13 feet), but in late april very strong wind hit my area and the leaves were only about 3 weeks old on that tree. For last 3 weeks the tree started having problems, I think it is dying, but I don't know what to do. I keep watering it every day, I put fish, bone, blood fertilizer to feed it in recent days. The place is quite windy, but I don't think it too strong for the plant to be much affected. Also I have noticed that the soil doesn't absorb the water very well, It takes good few minutes for water to get soaked in after watering. I live in Republic of Ireland, so the weather is quite dull and around 14-18 Celcius in recent weeks. Could you have a look at the pictures and advise me on how to save that tree. Sorry for my language, English in not my native language. I also attached picture of field maple that grows next to the beech tree and it doesn't look healthy either

This post was edited by Drankon on Mon, Jun 2, 14 at 7:08

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see the picture of my field maple attached as well

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 7:05AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I don't know what the problem is but if by Field Maple you mean Acer campestre the lower picture doesn't show that species, although it does look like an Acer,

FWIW I don't think you need to water so much in Ireland. A tree planted dormant in March will usually hardly need any water at all in our climate unless there's a hot patch in the summer (ha, ha).

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 9:40AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

watering a tree every day in clay ... amended clay... is probably not good

see link ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 10:24AM
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In my opinion you need to cut back to once a week at the most, unless there is drought and very high temps. It looks like you are watering way too often and the tree is not getting any oxygen to its roots.

See link for more info. Buy a gator bag and only fill once a week as necessary.

Here is a link that might be useful: Proper Watering

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 2:57PM
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Thanks for all your advices. I'll cut back on watering and try to use soil aerator as I think it may be the problem. The clay soil is very compacted, so it looks like the case. Hopefully it is not too late

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 3:23AM
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physiological leaf scorch.

ironically, often worse under high moisture conditions

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 7:44AM
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Thanks strobiculate. It looks like you finally named the problem that beech tree is experiencing. I hope the tree will survive. It is only early June and already so many leaves are affected. I have attached second picture

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 1:38PM
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