January cold snap spells doom for many palm

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A cold snap in January has left hundreds of damaged and dead palm trees in the Florida Panhandle.

The Pensacola News Journal reports the freeze that sent temperatures into the teens took a heavy toll on plant life and especially on palm trees.

Carol Lord, a horticulture technician at Escambia County Extension, says many of the palm trees were not recommended for the Pensacola area.

She says many of the damaged trees will not survive. Certain types of palm trees are not able to withstand temperatures lower than 30 degrees.

Experts say indications of cold damage include wilting, crown flopping because of internal trunk rot and lesions on the outside of the trunk.

They add that it could take up to a year for a cold-damaged palm to recover.


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