Keep a look out for new palm disease

By Boone Holladay, County Extension Agent-Horticulture

While attending a Region II TNLA meeting last summer, one of the local members gave a presentation on Palm Fusarium Wilt, a fungal disease specific to a select species of palms. At that time it wasn’t necessarily on the radar of potentially catastrophic landscape plant diseases. Well….it is now! This disease impacts both Queen Palms and Mexican Fan Palms, which happen to be our two most popular landscape palms in Fort Bend County. The disease has been con-firmed in Harris County and is suspect throughout the region. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has teamed up The Texas Nursery & Landscape Association to release a one page bulletin on the disease and is available for view or down-load at search que “Palm Fusarium Wilt”.

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