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White Beam problems

Hi all,

Anyone help, my white beam tree, 7year old, has not yet shed it leaves and since about august the leaves look shrivelled and are a pale brown colour. Some of the leaves are lacy.







  • Hi Peter image

    Those twigs don't look terribly happy - can you scratch into the bark of twigs on the tree with your thumbnail and see if there's green tissue below the bark.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Looks as though the Whitbeam didn't have enough water back in the Summer when it was so dry. If it's 7 year's old it should come back in the Spring, as the roots will be pretty well-developed.
  • As Dove said if there is any green or moist flesh behind the bark it will re bud and come back. If it is total dried out i would prune it back a little to encourage new growth.

  • Thanks, I will check out bark and prune back.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    I have 4 whitebeams, the natives, not the fancy ones. One is doing just what Peter's is doing, the others are bare. 

    On a reassuring note, this is not the first time I've seen one or more do this.image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Last year was a bad year for various diseases in trees because of the wet winter followed by dry spell. Probably specific to 2014 and not terminal.

  • My white beam's leaves are exactly the same this year. It's leaves are still hanging on in there. However it has produced berries for the first time in several years. I'm not worried about it, I think it will be fine next year. I believe like the others the dry warm weather in the autumn has caused the problem.

  • Our whitebeam is similar. No sign of new leaf buds and it's mid April. The old leaves are still attached to the tree
  • Leaves remain on trees can be a sign of demise? Scratch the bark as suggested before.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    Interesting, one of mine is the same. Never done that before as far as I can remember.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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