Lethal Bronzing, previously called Texas Phoenix Palm Decline, is a relatively new bacterial disease that is causing significant palm losses in Palm Beach County and may be working its way south.
University of Florida research is determining which sap-feeding insect(s) may spread it this disease. Affected species include Sabal (Cabbage), Queen, Pygmy Date, and other Phoenix species, Christmas, Bismarck, Chinese Fan, and Carpentaria palms.
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Older fronds on palms die first turning reddish-brown, dark-brown or grayish depending on the Palm species and stage of infection. Symptoms may be confused with a simple nutrient deficiency which is why it’s important to work with a team that is trained to recognize the difference. Flower spikes may die prematurely, and fruit may drop off prematurely.
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