Palm trees are some of the most common trees in Florida. These tropical trees are beautiful and can improve the value of your home. However, they can also get sick and diseased. Keep reading to learn about common palm tree diseases in Florida to keep an eye out for.
The first common palm tree disease is root rot. Root rot is a fungal infection that attacks the root system of a palm tree. This infection leads to the rotting of the roots. Even though this infection is taking place below the ground, you can tell it is happening when the leaves of a palm tree wilt. If you notice your palm tree leaves wilting, have a professional inspect the tree for signs of infection. If left untreated, root rot can lead to the death of a palm tree.
Another deadly palm tree disease is lethal yellowing. This disease can kill a palm tree in as little as two weeks. You can tell a palm tree is experiencing lethal yellowing if the leaves turn yellow and fall off. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lethal yellowing.
Ganoderma butt rot is a serious palm tree disease that involves the development of a dark lesion on the lower trunk. While there is no cure for Ganoderma butt rot, one can remove the tree and destroy it to prevent spreading of the disease.
If your palm tree’s leaves are yellowing, browning, and falling off, your tree may have bacterial blight. This disease can also cause rotting and fruit drop.
Another type of bacterial infection that your palm tree may experience is lethal bronzing disease. This disease spreads through the contamination of water or soil. You can tell a tree is experiencing this if the leaves of the tree are wilting, the tree loses its green color, and the leaves are dropping. Brown leaves are also a sign of lethal bronzing disease.
If your tree appears to be experiencing any of these problems, get in touch with Lamb Tree Care. Our company is licensed, insured, and has 25 years of experience when it comes to caring for Florida trees. We know how to tend to your palm trees, so give us a call at 941-377-3333 to schedule an appointment with us. We hope to hear from you soon.