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Steve Galehouse
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American beech with tentacles

Post by Steve Galehouse » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:27 pm

Here is a photo taken today at Babb Run in Summit County, Ohio---it was unusual due to the degree the roots were exposed and visible, while others nearby weren't. On close inspection the tree was growing on a small section of sandstone ledge, which evidently caused this expression. The beech measured to 95', a sycamore close to it to 117'.
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Re: American beech with tentacles

Post by edfrank » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:37 pm

Nice Beech.

How is the health of the beech trees in that area? Any beech bark disease or other nasty pests or infections?

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Re: American beech with tentacles

Post by Steve Galehouse » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:44 pm

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No problems or evidence of beech bark disease as yet--if /when that happens, it will really change the visual aspect of the forest. No HWA in the area yet as well. Our area might be the last bastion of forests affected by the diseases, since we are on the western fringe.
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Re: American beech with tentacles

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:24 pm

Steve, That is a cool photo of the root system. Its makes you relize how large root mass can be on the bigger trees. Larry

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Re: American beech with tentacles

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:53 am

Makes you think some soil has eroded from around this particular tree for some reason over the years. Looks like a steep slope, maybe there was a slide or two just below it years ago.
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