Removing 9 ft tall Washingtonia filifera - Knowledgebase Question

Oroville, Ca
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Question by olinger
August 11, 2010
I have a small Fan Palm tree in a corner of my front yard that is growing rapidly. I don't want it in that location. Will there be any significant adverse affect if I just cut it off at ground level and let the stump rot out?

Answer from NGA
August 11, 2010
You'll definitely kill the palm if you cut it off at ground level and the fibrous stump and root system should die out within a year. It won't resprout so you can either dig it out or simply cover it over with soil.

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