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COLD-DAMAGED PALMS
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just added Feb. 2002

This page is under construction, a lot more will be added in the next few months.

Corypha utan
Remnants of bud-rot caused by a 15 day stretch of abnormally cold weather in Dec. 2000 - Jan. 2001
A copper based fungicide is the best mode of action for this type of damage.
Livistona nitida (before)
A perfectly healthy specimen about 2.5 ft overall.

and ...
Livistona nitida (after)
At the time this photo was taken it was approximately 29F degrees w/ moderate frost forming outside, a "normal" light freeze for Orlando. This photo shows how certain cold-hardy palms react to freezing conditions and how they possibly "protect" themselves. All the dark blotches faded away as the temperature rose that afternoon!
Dypsis decipiens
I tried to use the black bucket for effect, look closely at the frond over it and you'll see the same dark blotchiness that appeared on the L.nitida.(this pic taken that same morning). These dark blotches are also apparent on such proven cold-hardy species as Trachycarpus fortunei and Livistona decipiens.
Geonoma schottiana
not too bad for a containerized tropical palm, this damage from winter 2000-01. Only some leaf tip burn, the palm was kept under oak canopy.
Roystonea regia = elata
frost damaged at 26f and totally defoliated during the winter of 2000-01 it has since passed on to that great compost bin in the sky ... many palms can recover from one winter's defoliation but two in a row is almost always the death knell.
Bismarckia nobilis
This demonstrates the variability that most palms have - I have plenty of other Bismarckia palms that were undamaged by cold far worse than what caused this (Winter 2000-01 w/ a low of 26F). This particular specimen gets some leaf damage each winter. Maybe it has some "green genes" in it, the green foliage form of Bismarckia is much less hardy to our freezes.