Jan 20, 2015 1:50:00 PM / by Claude Kershner IV

It’s crazy to see a palm tree look great one day,
Reef Tropical Ganoderma Butt Rot
then, within a couple of days, look horrible! Ganoderma Butt Rotis a fast spreading palm tree disease in Florida and needs to be addressed immediately so it does not spread to other palms. 


 You can notice this disease forming on your palm trees by seeing a spongy, “whitish mushroom-like growth which grows to form a horizontal disc extending out from the bark”. These funguses are usually at the bottom of the tree. Unfortunately, the tree needs to be removed. Do not chip this section and use for mulch. The diseased section should be placed in a legal landfill or incinerated

Reef Tropical Ganoderma Butt Rot

Don’t let this disease spread throughout your property so please inspect your trees yourself or have a professional landscaper do it for you. If there are any signs, remove the palm immediately.

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Reef Tropical- Ganoderma Butt Rot

Other than seeing the growth at the bottom of the tree, there is no way to predict or determine which palms will be or are currently infected. Unfortunately, due to these facts, there is no way to use fungicides to control the disease. Therefore, there are no fungicide recommendations for this disease. 


Topics: Landscape Maintenance

Claude Kershner IV

Written by Claude Kershner IV

President Reef Tropical • Pool & Landscape

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