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Apr 12, 2020 9:39 AM CST
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We are newly moved into our house, in Suffolk UK.
The previous owners (who did not plant the tree but suggested it was 25 years plus) told us this is a Birch.
But we think the bark points more to it being a Beech.
Maybe we misheard Birch for Beech?
Or could it be something else?
Either way, it has recently been cut back and topped by professionals.
We can't help but feel it should be more in leaf by now and are a bit worried for its health.
Photos of the bark, branches and high up buds are attached, which were taken today, 12th April 2020
Your views would be appreciated, thank you in advance for any replies.
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Apr 12, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Name: John
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I am sorry that you refer to the operators of the saws that butchered this formerly fine Fagus sylvatica (European Beech) as professionals. They may have been paid, but I can only call this a criminal act upon a defenseless tree.

You should be worried about its health. It is irreparably damaged. It would not surprise me if it died, but it may soldier on horribly disfigured.

There are proper ways to prune large established trees. This is not an example of that.
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Apr 12, 2020 3:27 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
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I agree it is a beech. I think the reason it isn't leafing out is that they cut off the parts that were "planning" to grow leaves. I doubt that it will die, but it certainly has lost much of its beauty.
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Apr 12, 2020 9:51 PM CST
I agree a beach,what a terrible pruning job if that is what they called it.
Apr 13, 2020 4:01 AM CST
Thread OP
(Zone 2a)
Thank you for your replies, a Beech it is then, albeit a poorly pruned example.
So now we know we have a king (Oak) and queen (Beech) of British trees in our garden.
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