It was planted in a dry area of my yard where it was not watered much. In fact, many of the varieties of palms we grow here in central Florida including our state tree, the Sabal Palm, are trouble free and easy to maintain in most landscapes. There are several species of palm. It's crownshaft is a distinctively olive colored with a silvery, waxy coating on its outer surface. Palms that take up excessive amounts of water may have trunks with deep longitudinal splits.   Pasted as rich text. Upload or insert images from URL. For every answer and explanation I have ever heard regarding trunk splitting, I have been able to recall, or later witness, an exception to said explanation. As you can see the leaves are all dead right now. Walt, t looks like it could be planted too deep too. Copyright © 2019 - International Palm Society Bark splitting and cracking often results from a number of environmental factors. Other Palm Tree Problems Air Roots Certain species of palms, particularly date palms, will put out above ground roots that look like stubble around the base of the palm. Walt, April 7, 2013 in DISCUSSING PALM TREES WORLDWIDE. Any further comments? I figure the next decent hurricane will take it down. King Palms are completely free of tobacco and chemical, made from only 100% real, slow-burning palm leaf from the flowering tree of the Cordia. How to Separate a Palm Clump. When they look like this one I have few complaints. Even bigger and deeper than these. Those that are irrigated by drip irrigation all show the splitting seen in your images although not as bad. Crimson King maple Puzzler. Paste as plain text instead, × They grew about 10 feet in one season. Queen palms are the main staple of my palm garden. Some folks despise queen palms, but given the right TLC and keeping them trimmed, they aren't all that bad looking. New growth is stunted and is pale green or yellow in color. So long nearly waterless periods followed by long waterful periods may be a factor in some palm splitting. Special offer, $100 price reduction for all … But it seems no worse for the wear. These palms can be used as feature trees, for shade, as screens or as hedges. June stone. I have a couple of Archontophoenix cunninghamiana palms with fairly deep splits in the trunk, but no queen palms with splits. Browse, discover, and download 3D objects and scenes. Those are great looking queens Walt, unfortunately not only are they over used out here but massively over trimmed so that there's only 2 or 3 fronds, I have a Queen that is splitting vertically. I would be interested to take a survey of the palm tree type and what conditions it grew under to produce the splitting....maybe there's a trend. I’ve since loosened the string around the trunk base as they can throw off quite a bit of heat when concentrated this way. Crimson King Maple Question (it's not very red any more) 4. Palm trees with more than one trunk have a variety of uses in the landscape. It is gorgeous tree and would be a huge loss to the property. The other side is now showing some splitting. I told the palm owner today it is what it is. After a palm is injured, the Ganoderma fungus gets inside the palm and slowly kills the palm. i had a similar problem with my coconut tree, and on contacting the nursery people,they told, me i had over fertilized the plant and also fed it, with ample water so it the chemical reaction that, took place within the palm body that resulted in, those burst like cracks_and iam sorry to say there, too much love can spoil ones kid_this will apply to. My Crimson King Maple is quite large and old and has always had some bark loosening on the south side of the tree. Wood which is at least moderatly moist because of less arid condtions and more consistent "proper" hydration seems much less likely to be rended in twain. I've ruled out the trunk splitting to freezes, as there hasn't been a freeze bad enough in the 16 years I've lived here that caused trunks to split. That will mess up water uptake and cause other problems over the long haul.   Pasted as rich text. Queen palm trunk splitting (too much water?). Hey Wal, I wouldn't worry about it. Outer trunk tissues may seem solid, but affected palms have a hollow sound when tapped. I am always happy, just sometimes happier than others. Walter John, December 22, 2006 in DISCUSSING PALM TREES WORLDWIDE. This sometimes appears like exfoliating all over the trunk. I had an A. alexandrae split badly when I took it out of a garbage can it had been growing in, and planted it in the ground. I am always happy, just sometimes happier than others. I've found lots of variances in queen palms. King Palm natural leaf rolls are now available with flavor! Common Palm Diseases and How to Treat Them. Crimson King Maple. Many kinds of clumping palms do well outdoors in warm climates and can be container-grown houseplants. So, all these explanations may be correct. All the lakes around here were filled to the brim, docks/piers under water. Does this have you stumped ? 7. However, I have several Archontophoenix triples that are irrigated by sprinklers and none of these have the splitting of the trunks. I have a couple of Archontophoenix cunninghamiana palms with fairly deep splits in the trunk, but no queen palms with splits. In habitat they see warm and sometimes humid weather and rarely a frost. Walt, t looks like it could be planted too deep too. It is now 30-35' tall and is actually the tallest, although the other three are bare a few feet shorter. Excessive Water Uptake (trunk splitting) Symptoms. I've noted that specimens grown under rough conditions tend to split much worse than those in gardens. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Drip irrigated palms in low humidity and no real rain and never a hosing down of any sort seem to be quiters and frequently split. Wal, yes of course; use any of my comments you find quotable freely. Winter Haven, Florida, USA, Zone 9A/B or 10A depending on the year. I have about 1/2 the length of my driveway lined with queen palms. Ready to learn more about Kentia palm growing? Water out of some lakes had to be drained off into the canals that lead down to lake Okeechobee.   Your previous content has been restored. The King Palm Tree, scientific name Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, is one of the most popular palms in tropical and subtropical climates.The King palm looks very nice when planted in a grouping of 2 or 3. Whatever the reason I'm not sure but,I have seen several palms planted in front of a building in a small area and most had a split about 4ft long. However, few of us are able to recognize even the few minor problems these trees do have. The case of the splitting trunked queen palm was never fully solved, just left to speculation. The owners are just winter time snow birds from out of state, so they aren't all that concerned. It is in an area of temp floodng in heavy rains but it slopes, so it does drain. Hope all had a good Christmas and wishing everyone the very best in 2021. Display as a link instead, × Damaged Crimson King Maple - Salvage Or Replace? I had one palm (A cunninghamiana) that cracked and looked exactly like that. As I said in my earlier post, we had been in a four-year drought until the summer of 2012, then we got all kinds of rain. A queen to them is simply a weed. Thielaviopsis Trunk Rot of Palm 4 cause a fresh wound. The other three are fine, and this tree faces the furthest west. The palm started "liking" its new home too much. Click here. Sago palms grow from a center crown. Australia is home to over fifty known species of palms, flourishing in its tropical and sub-tropical Wholesale and retail palms, delivered to your door across the East Coast of Australia. A common phrase here to describe life in Acadiana is. I told them my experience is limited, but transverse splits in palm trunks is an indication of too much water uptake too fast. So, as I perused the queen threads I noticed so many were open ended, and thought I would inquire as to how things wound up. In fact, many of the varieties of palms we grow here in central Florida including our state tree, the Sabal Palm, are trouble free and easy to maintain in most landscapes. Clear editor. Still, I would have some nice queen palms. Some have denser (hold more fronds than others) canopies; some have fatter trunks; some have longer fronds and leaflets, etc., even when given the same cultural conditions. Trunk Problems With Queen Palm Trees. most of the queens in that area are very different than the ones I've seen at the common nurseries around here which are very thin. A Mediterranean-climate icon, queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffianum) grows as much as 2 feet per year to its ultimate 50-foot height. I don't know these folks. However, few of us are able to recognize even the few minor problems these trees do have. As they age, the dropping of old stems and the addition of new creates a scarred, rough trunk. You can post now and register later. Below, to start instructing you about Archontophoenix, I'll only show pictures of the King Palm family. They are grown through either native propagation or through reproduction and human cultivation. Powered by Invision Community. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) have long, palm-like leaves, but despite the name and the leaves, they are not palms at all.They are cycads, ancient plants akin to conifers.These plants are so lush and lovely that nobody can fault you for wanting more than one. If my theory is valid climates with a even rainfall should see palms with less cracks? Since the splits happened while the customer was away from April of 2012 to December of 2012, I conclude the heavy rain fall we got during the rainy season of 2012 (June-Oct.) probably exacerbated the splits due to trunk swelling. You can separate a palm's clump or root ball to cultivate more than one plant out of a single stock. around my dad's neighborhood they have very large queens, he has a volunteer that has a crown that's easily 2' in diameter and it hasn't started trunking yet, still working on the width. Palms are beautiful plants that flower and produce gorgeous shades of yellow to green fronds. I would also like to suggest that different species may split for different reasons. This cant be correct in my case. Below is a volunteer that happened to come up in the right spot. Some species definitely do it worse than others. They said when they left to go back to Ohio last April (2012) the trunk looked good (no splits). Getting the palms ready for winter. Ptychosperma alexandrae F.Muell.) Display as a link instead, × Have read that it could have something to do with lots of rain after long period without, but saying that - the palm is watered reasonably well every week so … The leaves are about 6-8'/1.8-2.4m long on mature specimins and the leaflets are wide, terminate abruptly and jagged, and held at a stiff "V" angle to the rachis . So many replies, none socially acceptable. Depending on the species of palm, trunks can be quite thin, even less than a half of inch. In Spring will the just pick back up where the left off? It was planted in 2006 as a clump of 4 rather close - to create some shade after the hurricanes took my shade. × A palm affected with Ganoderma will slowly decline over a period of time. It protects my Bromeliad bed underneath. Never seen anything like it. Below our four photos I took today of the queen palm trunk splitting: It started rather young - like when its was 12-15' tall. Palm trees (Arecaceae) sway attractively on a tropical beach, but they’re often a nuisance in a back yard. Has anyone here encountered a condition like this? Certainly the most tropical looking of the bunch, in a not so tropical place. Keith. Below our four photos I took today of the queen palm trunk splitting: Skinny palm planted with trunk formed already and then when the roots get established it starts thickening and the old hard wood splits. Unless it’s a question of stability of the palm, air roots are not a problem. ??? I have seen freeze damage manifest itself that way, as it is doing on my oldest queen. They are snowbirds from Ohio. Clear editor. Darling Downs and Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland , Australia, Patterson Lakes, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Copyright © 2019 - International Palm Society. I told them Florida had been in a four-year drought until last summer's rainy season, then we got much above normal rainfall. On the other hand, I have lots of trunked A. cunninghamiana with vertical splits/fissures. × black skies! Farther up the trunk there were more, but less severe, splits. The splitting starts around 2-3 feet up the trunk. So much so that it broke the drought. Thus, I do think it is from water and somehow drip irrigation causes some issues not seen with sprinklers. A king palm needs at least 8 hours of sun a day and plenty of room to grow. This can't be correct in my case. The "wood" as it expands when growing in dry climates is less able to handle the required expansion and..tada...splits, especially when given a new vigor by some kind hose wielding waterer after zero hydration by some xeriscaping "conservationist" who has at last moved on or passed the palm to a more kindler gentler water waster. Choose the right location in your yard. Leaf petioles are cut as close as possible to the trunk. And this may be one of those. I have two 25-ft queen palms that were planted about 2 years ago in a grassy, irrigated area. This is the supporting structure of the tree. We have as many or more problems as anywhere else, but why let that stop happiness and a little mischievousness as well. Crimson King Maple not budding. 5. Any thoughts from the forum? Rain is scarce and my additional watering is only minor really. 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