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pests/fungus: Will any 8b palms be left when the others are gone?


Sandy Loam

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It seems that Florida has a number of relatively recent fungi and pests that are attacking cold-hardy palms, including phoenix, washington, sabal (at least sabal palmetto), and syagrus romanzoffiana.

This eliminates a lot of the cold-hardy palms which tolderate USDA zone 8b/9a! (I am not a fan of needle palms, European fan palm, trachycarpus, etc)

If these palms will all be dead in a decade, what else will be left that we can use for landscape purposes?!

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Serenoa repens, sabal etonia as well. the only thing I see attacking the sabal palmetto here is the constant flow of semis hauling them to other states on I-10 lol

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Bryant... didn't that one at your farm die from lead poisoning?

David Simms zone 9a on Highway 30a

200 steps from the Gulf in NW Florida

30 ft. elevation and sandy soil

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Didn't I read recently on this forum that Texas Phoenix Palm Decline is now attacking sabal palmetto as well? Someone had posted about a whole region in central Florida where the sabal palms are now all collapsed and dead. It might have been in Polk County.

I appreciate the suggestions, everyone (and please keep them coming). I must, though, that I am not a fan of any of the palms mentioned so far. Maybe I should look into rare ones like chuniophoenix hainensis.

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Bryant... didn't that one at your farm die from lead poisoning?

Haha! Yes it took 8+ years of rifle bullets to hollow it out enough to die.

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:interesting:

Carlsbad, California Zone 10 B on the hill (402 ft. elevation)

Sunset zone 24

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