Palms Are Not Trees At All
In truth, palms are not trees at all; they’re grass. Sorry to disappoint. They don’t produce bark or a cambium layer and don’t heal like plants with woody tissue. The trunk is a mass of hardened spongy material that has expanded as the tree has grown taller. And, unlike a typical tree, palms don’t form annual growth rings.
Things To Consider in Choosing a Palm
While a number of varieties are native to South Florida, it’s a good idea to take into consideration their hurricane resistance when choosing trees for landscaping. Some of the best trees for wind tolerance are the Pygmy Date Palm and the Sabal Palm.
Sabal palms also rode out Andrew and did well during Wilma. But because these palms are less attractive than other palms, many gardeners and landscapers don’t like them for front yards. They grow to about 50 feet and survive in nearly all conditions.
While many palms do well in a hurricane, the Queen Palm isn’t one of them. Although most common in South Florida, they didn’t do well in Wilma. They uproot rather than snap at the trunk, so removing them from within falling distance of your house would be a good idea.
Palms Aren’t Immune to Pests or Disease
Finally, the Palm Aphid infests young leaves, secreting a honeydew that is a breeding ground for sooty mold.
Other diseases that affect palm trees include: leaf spots, fake smut, root rot, butt rot, wilt, coconut lethal yellowing and spider mites.
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