The Q&A Archives: Queen palm damage

Question: I have a 12 foot tall queen palm that had to go through two nights of 16 deg. weather - this winter. I don't see any green coming out of the heart of the tree, but some of the surrounding branches have not gone to dead wood - they still contain moisture and are not hard and brittle. Does this tree still have a chance, and how long should I give it?

Answer: I'd give your Queen Palm the benefit of the doubt and leave it alone until it fully recovers from the winter's freeze. Usually only the fronds are damaged by cold, not the entire plant. Wait patiently and your palm will either grow new fronds or it will completely decline - in which case you will know the true extent of the winter damage. Let's hope that doesn't happen but instead your Queen Palm begins to produce new fronds!

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