The Q&A Archives: Queen Palm Snapped In Two

Question: In a recent winter storm in San Diego, one of our queen palms was damaged. Essentially the top half of the tree was blown down. About 5 of the inner fronds simply split from the rest of the tree. There are 3 outer fronds that remain with the trunk that remains about 5 feet tall. There was no damage to the root ball whatsoever. Will the tree survive and continue to produce new fronds?

Answer: Whether or not your palm can overcome the storm damage depends upon how much of the center of the top of the trunk remains. This is where new growth emerges. If the crown is still mostly intact, it should recover and replace the lost fronds. Only time will tell.

Best wishes with your palm!

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