Hardscape (container ring and sidewalk) have been placed around the palm. The upper 3 feet of the root ball was trimmed back and the soil mounded around the trunk. Why the people were on the boom looking at the tree's crown is a mystery - the palm appears unusually flat; there is generally a vertical spike of new fronds coming from the top. Canary palms are susceptible to a fatal fungal disease (Fusarium wilt) most often spread by contaminated pruning tools. This fungus can invade the plant via cuts (wounds) - either from cut frons or severed roots. There is no cure for this disease and it is very prevalent in San Diego County. Hopefully, the city contracted experts that know about the hazards to this iconic palm.
Friday, March 13, 2015
From the Inbox on those hardhats and neon vests this morning working on the Moonlight Beach Canary Palm: