Beech Leaf Disease

Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) was first identified in Ohio in 2012 and confirmed in New Jersey in 2020. Symptoms include dark-green striped bands between leaf veins, curling and crinkling of leaves, leaf dieback and canopy thinning. Research on this relatively new disease is ongoing but at this time there is no known cure or treatment. BLD is likely to result in damage to and the eventual death of American beech (Fagus grandifolia) trees. With beech being a major component of Morris County’s forests, BLD has the potential to be very impactful. The Morris County Park Commission will continue to document and monitor the progression of this diseaseand is working closely with the NJ Forest Service.

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