fading leaf color on Beechnut tree
I have a Beechnut tree in my front yard with fading light green leaves. No leaves have fallen off the tree and the new growth at the bottom of it has very green leaves. The tree is very young and doesn't seem to have grown any taller since I planted it in the fall last year. What does it need?
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"Some cultivars of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) have a lighter, almost chartreuse colored leaf, so make sure that's not the cause. You should also do a pH test of your soil (you can get an inexpensive pH kit at the garden center) to make sure the soil is slightly acid (between 6 and 6.5), which is what beech trees prefer. You can change the pH and make it more acidic with coffee grounds, pine straw, sawdust (be sure to add nitrogen fertilizer at the same time to account for what will be drawn from the soil to breakdown the sawdust), sulfer, or iron chelate.

Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine"

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