The Q&A Archives: Triple Roebillini Palm

Question: One of the trunk fronds have turned brown only in the center. We haven't had any frost since it was planted several months ago. Is there something wrong with the whole palm tree?

Answer: It's difficult to diagnose a problem without actually seeing it so I'll offer some expert observations. Palms do lose their lower fronds so if the frond is one of the older ones, it's a normal process. If the affected frond is one of the newer ones, it could be sunscald or a fungal disease, or even a response to being transplanted into your landscape. I don't think it's anything as serious as bud rot. When this happens, new fronds are affected and the entire frond dies.

I would prune away the affected frond to make the plant look more attractive.

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