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Old 01-26-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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I have two large Pineapple Palms and this year the bark on the very bottom of the tree is coming off and exposing the inner part of the tree. I am affraid this will kill my palms.
Is there any thing I can do or is this normal.

I will thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:47 PM
 
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I have two large Pineapple Palms and this year the bark on the very bottom of the tree is coming off and exposing the inner part of the tree. I am affraid this will kill my palms.
Is there any thing I can do or is this normal.

I will thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
First of all, I'm thinking you have a variety of date palm (phoenix). Some people call them "pineapple palms" 'cause they look like pineapples when they're young.

Without any specifics, I can think of 1 reason....

Do you have a lawn service do your lawn cutting? Lotsa times they will "edge" the grass around the base of the palms & over time, the string from the trimmers will strip the bark from the trees. This will give access to a whole slew of diseases & funguses.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:31 AM
 
Location: somewhere close to Tampa, but closer to the beach
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..if this is the case,..the palm(s) may already be in decline...damage of any sort to any area of the trunk of 99% of palms..especially if repeated over time is generally fatal to them..
Remember that palms do not produce bark or a cambium layer..and do not heal or "compartmentalize" injuries like plants with woody tissue will..A palms trunk is just a mass of hardened spongy material which has expanded as the tree has grown taller..unlike a typical tree which will form annual growth rings as the tree matures..

If the damage is severe, and the tree is declining, you will notice it grow weaker with time..and that can take a couple years with some species.

As for patching any damage..dont..you will only increase the spread of any fungal pathogen which has already entered into the tree..allow the tree to decline on its own..then shoot your gardener
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