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Q.My Bismark Palm Was Damaged In Hurricane Ian. Is It Dead??

Zone Fort Myers FL 33905 | suecurran13 added on April 19, 2023 | Answered

It lost a lot of leaves. It recently had 3 shoots of berries come out but no leaves. My association thinks it’s dead and wants me to cut it down. How can I tell if it’s dead?

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Answered on April 19, 2023

While it does look diseased, it does not look dead. A scratch test will confirm:


It may recomver from fungicide use:


I would suggest replacement with a different species of palm if it does not recover, however.

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