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?


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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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