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By Slotty

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hi everyone,weve had two very bad winters and my yucca palm tree looks like it has suffered,ive noticed that other peoples yucca palms are the same as mine.All the palm leaves have fallen off and all that is left is the trunk of the tree.I have had my yucca palm for over twelve years and it has never lost all its palm leaves before,it is about fifteen feet high and looks very sorry for its self,has it died,is it time to cut it down or will the palm leaves grow back please advise me ,thanks.



I'm going to guess here that you don't actually mean Yucca, you mean Cordyline palm - please google to make sure. Yuccas, by and large, seem to be more resilient and are largely unaffected, but Cordylines have suffered enormously.
Wait - inspect the trunk/s for rotting, oozing orange gunk, soggy areas - if there are any of these, keep an eye on it, you may need to cut it back beyond the rotten area, but this is best left till April if you want to try to keep the plant. You may find it starts growing somewhere up the trunks, or from the base, or both, but you might have to wait till at least June to know for sure - when it does grow, cut it back to wherever that growth is. If the rotting gets worse by April, cut back beyond that point anyway.

25 Feb, 2011

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