Beechwood Roots

The beech usually grows on drier, free-draining soils, such as chalk, limestone and light loams. The root system is shallow, even superficial, with large roots spreading out in all directions.  This makes trees susceptible to drought and high winds.  In the Beechwoods the roots emerge at the surface in varicose vein-like eruptions.

Photo: The Beechwoods, Cambridge, 2017

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