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By Baba13

Dorset, United Kingdom Gb

I have seen your questions and answers about Cordyline australis palm trees - well mine also has a big problem, and I think it may have been attacked by the frost this winter - the top of the 18ft {?} tree is bare, really sad. There are two trunks from the bottom, one tree, and in the V there have grown about 3 babies, now about 3 ft high. The main trunk is squashy in places, and ooozing. What should I do, please, as it was a lovely tree, but now very sad looking. Should I cut the bad trunk off at the babies ?
Thank you for any info

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I'd certainly cut out the dead wood back to the young shoots.

29 Mar, 2011


Short answer is yes, although its not clear from your question whether the squishiness is above or below the new babies. Hopefully its above...

30 Mar, 2011 much for our 'new' Mediterranean climate!!

30 Mar, 2011

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