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Poodles

Hello there, I am hoping that someone in this forum can tell me what is wrong with my sabal palm...

I have noticed that the palm tree in question has a “soft” trunk. I am able to push my finger into the trunk. In addition to that, I have noticed other damage e.g. holes and trunk fibers (shown in pictures) along the trunk.

I have another palm which was planted at the same time in my back yard and it’s doing great. I have no issues with this palm tree. 

What is causing a soft trunk and the damages showing in the pictures? Is the palm salvageable or is it too late?

is appreciate your input and feedback. 

Thanks. 

 

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PalmTreeDude

Can we get a picture of the crown/leaves? 

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kinzyjr

@Poodles Not sure where in SC, but how cold did it get this winter?  Do you have any irrigation or sprinklers around the palms?

Welcome to PalmTalk by the way!

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Poodles
13 hours ago, PalmTreeDude said:

Can we get a picture of the crown/leaves? 

Here is a picture of the crown...36DDBC02-DE11-4A0E-8D4F-E42CE44C79B2.thumb.jpeg.a39a439dfd39f29abd2cc43d2d45fe68.jpeg

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Poodles
12 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

@Poodles Not sure where in SC, but how cold did it get this winter?  Do you have any irrigation or sprinklers around the palms?

Welcome to PalmTalk by the way!

I live in Charleston. Winter was not that cold. 

I do have a sprinkler which is 15 feet away which I have turned on this year maybe 2 times. I don’t run the sprinkler that often throughout the year.  

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buffy

That doesn't look too good. I would expect continual decline. 

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PalmatierMeg

Looks like some kind of mechanical damage. Did someone slam into it with a mower or attack it with a maniacal weed whacker? Palm trunk damage does not heal and leaves the whole plant open to disease and insect infestation. Did that same someone also butcher the poor thing's crown? It appears grossly over trimmed. Sabals evolved to cope with hurricane winds and do so probably better than any other palms, except perhaps royals. Hurricane cutting a planted Sabal is a crime against nature.

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kinzyjr

@Poodles Yes, I agree that cold shouldn't be an issue at all in Charleston.  Since it doesn't sound like the wood gets hit with the sprinklers much, I would have to lean toward @PalmatierMeg's guess that it was mechanical damage and/or potential pathogen infection.  Hope @buffy isn't right, but I would have to say that expecting decline is a more than reasonable expectation.  Sometimes they will continue to grow with a deformed trunk.  Time will tell.

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Brad Mondel

It looks like damage from hauling equipment. I had one with similar symptoms and it was fine. It was mostly just cosmetic damage of the outer layer of fibers. 

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Palmaceae

Has this palm been recently planted at that location, the crown looks like it has and would explain the mechanical damage.

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Laaz

Indeed looks like mechanical damage. Also looks like a recently planted tree that hasn't fully leafed out of it's "hurricane" cut. I would contact whoever you purchased it from for a replacement. I would assume it was one of the local companies that plant them as well...

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Poodles
4 hours ago, Palmaceae said:

Has this palm been recently planted at that location, the crown looks like it has and would explain the mechanical damage.

This palm was planted July 2018. 

It had a small damage but it has gotten bigger over time. I am just worried that it will get worse over time and as I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the trunk is soft - I am able to push it in whereas the other palm in my backyard is doing really well. 

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Poodles
2 hours ago, Laaz said:

Indeed looks like mechanical damage. Also looks like a recently planted tree that hasn't fully leafed out of it's "hurricane" cut. I would contact whoever you purchased it from for a replacement. I would assume it was one of the local companies that plant them as well...

It was planted in July 2018 and it came with a “hurricane cut”... I will contact the nursery I got it from to come out and take a look at it and ask for a replacement. Looking at all the feedback so far it doesn’t sound promising.

Thank you for your feedback. 

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Palmaceae
Just now, Poodles said:

It was planted in July 2018 and it came with a “hurricane cut”... I will contact the nursery I got it from to come out and take a look at it and ask for a replacement. Looking at all the feedback so far it doesn’t sound promising.

Thank you for your feedback. 

OK then all that makes sense, since it has only been in the ground for less than a year. I think it should be ok, just keep it well watered and feed and it should be good to go.

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