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There's a type of Palm tree which has grown profusely without mishap in our garden on the comparatively mild west coast of Anglesey in North Wales for about forty years. This year, the heavy snow and frost has caused tremendous damage and I am very much afraid that my palms and those in neighbouring gardens may be dying as a result. The clump of leaves are breaking off at the crown and falling off one by one. Can anyone please advise of any procedure that may save these valuable trees? I add photographs with apologies for not knowing the correct name for the species. We have always referred to them as "Anglesey Palms"

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looks like cordyline australis which are not completely hardy, and the very low temperatures we,ve had this year have just been too cold for them, as they are well established they may send new shoots out later in the year, wait and see what happens! derekm

25 Feb, 2011


this has been answered before but if you did not see it they say wait till the spring and hope you get a new shoot which you can grow on..but your story is the same all over most of these palms have suffered this year mine being one which was 10ft high and just branching now its in a very poor state as yours are are most others in this area (midlands) and i think all over the country good luck with it i hope you can save it


25 Feb, 2011


Nothing you can do right now I'm afraid, its definitely a wait and see. First, check the trunks from top to bottom for soggy, oozing or rotting areas, particularly with orange gunk coming out. If the trunks are clear, then wait - you may find they put out new growth lower down the trunks, or from the base, or both, and then you can cut back to where the new growth appears. You may need to wait till June before new growth appears, if you can bear to. If you do have rotting areas, keep any eye on them - you may need to cut back beyond that point, but this is best left till April if at all possible. They are Cordyline australis, these plants, and they have been affected by the severe winter weather before Christmas.

25 Feb, 2011

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