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MacFL
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #6518794

I have this Majesty Palm tree planted in my yard. It's never looked real healthy, but recently, I noticed this black, tar looking stuff growing on one of the main fronds. Seems to be isolated to the east facing side of the stem. Tree gets 6-8 hours of direct sun everyday.

Anyone seen this before? If so, please advise what it is and how to treat it if known.

Thanks a million!

Mac

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MacFL
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #6518798

One more shot

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edric
Oak Hill, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6523848

Never water the crown of one of those palms, that's a fungus, scrub it with soap and water, use a toothbrush, then spray it with some Daconil, or some other fungicide, Ed
WebInt
Vista, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 9, 2009
4:47 AM

Post #6524911

Could be dead tissue from sun burn. Is that the side that gets the sun?
MacFL
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2009
9:23 AM

Post #6525161

That's the east facing side that is affected the worst. Early morning sun for only maybe 3-4 hours or so. I was thinking fungus or possibly bubonic plague also, Ed. haha.

Crown as in the fronds at the base? Sorry, really a rookie here. Just wanna be sure.

I appreciate the help!

Cheers,

Mac
edric
Oak Hill, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2009
9:52 AM

Post #6525176

The crown is the portion where new growth comes out, Ed

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