Facebook Beech leaf disease can kill mature trees in 6-10 years, young trees even more quickly and saplings in as little as two years. American beech is one of the most common tree species in New York State, and birds, black bears and other wildlife rely heavily on beech nuts for food. Current research suggests that it affects the ability of beech trees to photosynthesize and is associated with the nematode, Litylenchus crenatae mccannii. Keeping an eye out for symptoms of BLD is also a good way to help with early detection and rapid response. However, beech trees are important economically, socially, and ecologically. SUNY Buffalo State This is an emerging disease of American and European beech that was first observed in Lake County, Ohio (Cleveland area) in 2012.
Reduced bud and leaf production lead to loss of canopy cover. Ecosystem services, carbon sequestration, biodiversity maintenance, and aesthetic and recreational value that would be lost amounted to $225 million. Invasive Species →
November 2019 . The darkened area is thicker and slightly raised compared to the rest of the leaf tissue. And recently discovered in southwestern New York is another disease affecting beech trees known as beech leaf disease (BLD). Scientific Name: Litylenchus crenatae mccannii Moving untreated firewood is one of the main ways invasive pests and diseases spread. Beech trees also provide important ecosystem services such as water filtration, carbon sequestration and biodiversity maintenance. Research is ongoing to develop control and eradication measures. It has since spread across Ohio, into Northwestern Pennsylvania, Southwestern New York and Long Island, Southwestern Connecticut, as well as the northern shore of Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada. Origin: Unknown. If you find yourself standing underneath a beech tree and think that you see symptoms of BLD, email NYSDEC Forest Health at [email protected]
or reach out to Laura Bailey at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County at 315-536-5123 or [email protected]