Beech leaf tree disease is spreading throughout Connecticut this year. Sadly, the burst of this tree disease is killing both native beech trees in forests across the state and ornamental beech trees in Connecticut residents’ yards. This tree disease was discovered in 2012. Therefore, the cause of the disease is still relatively unknown. However, the disease does seem to be linked with the autumn migration of a nematode called Litylenchus crenatae mccannii.
According to The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, it is easiest to spot beech leaf tree disease by looking up into the tree’s canopy from down below. This disease is most likely at play if you observe dark green striping between leaf veins or yellow leaf tissue with a slightly raised texture. Other more advanced disease symptoms include premature leaf drop and branch dieback.
Beech leaf tree disease has had a significant rise throughout Connecticut since last year. However, Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties seem to be the most affected areas. Unfortunately, the disease causes leaves to turn leathery and branches to dry up and die. The disease kills a mature tree within a decade; young trees will only last about three years. Call Eric’s Tree Service immediately if you notice this disease taking hold of the majestic beech trees on your property; we can help!