There is an alarming tree condition throughout Florida that is impacting homeowners. The disease, know as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD), can kill a palm in weeks and may have already impacted as many as a dozen in the city of Clearwater this year. It is also threatening the Canary Island date palm, the wild date palm, the edible date palm, and also the native Sabal palmetto. It joins lethal yellowing and Ganoderma butt rod as threats to palm trees that have appeared in the last several decades.
Scientists haven’t declared an epidemic yet, but the hardest hit areas so far are in Central Florida—Charlotte, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Orange, Polk, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. In the last two years, it’s been discovered in Broward, Palm Beach, Duval, Lake and Indian River counties. They believe the disease has felled thousands of trees statewide, but total numbers are difficult to come by because many were cut down and mulched before the cause of death was determined.
To determine if your palm trees have been affected, you can attempt inspect yourself or call a professional. While palm fronds that die from natural age often hang flat against the palm trunk a sign of TPPD is a browning of the fronds that happens so rapidly they won’t have time to hang flat. After a few weeks, each row of fronds will also die.
Contact us as soon as possible if you think your palm has been impacted @ 1.888.ARBOR.68.