The Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) Care & Use

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Queen Palm Care, Culture, Appearance, Growth, Usage in Landscape, Fertilizer, Watering, Cold tolerance and Hybrids. A common California Palm Tree.

INTRODUCTION

The Queen Palm is one of the most common palms seen in Southern California.  There are literally hundreds of thousands of them planted throughout communities.  It is also a common palm seen in Northern California, the Gulf States and throughout the world.  The only other palm that is seen this commonly is the Mexican Fan Palm, Washingtonia robusta.  The Queen Palm Tree is a fast growing palm that will get fairly tall.  It is easy to find and purchase.  It's popularity has to do with it's ready availability, its fast rate of growth, and its durability.  It's botanical name is Syagrus romanzoffiana, see pictures below.

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THE GENUS SYAGRUS

The Queen Palm is a type of Syagrus.  Syagrus is a genus of over 40 species and is expanding as new species are identified.  All species are from South America and the Caribbean.  There are single trunk species as well as suckering species.  Some get quite tall while others form no trunk and are dwarfs.  No species have the popular crown shaft seen in other genera.  Leaf appearance is variable with some being very plumose (fluffy) while others are more flat.  Trunk caliper is variable with some being quite thick and stout.  Syagrus are monoecious, meaning that only one tree has the capability of making fertile seeds.  Enthusiasts like this genus because many can be successfully grown in domestic gardens and most are good growers.  Distantly related to the Coconut Palm, Syagrus often have large seeds and the flowers are apparent below the crown of leaves.  Some of the fruit and seeds of this genus are edible.  It is not uncommon to see squirrels eating the fruit of a large Queen Palm.

Pictured below are Syagrus cearensis (left) and Syagrus comosa (right)
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Most Syagrus are single trunk.  Below is a picture of Syagrus vagans, a suckering and not too attractive species.
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THE QUEEN PALM, SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA 


NATIVE HABITAT and HISTORY 


The Queen Palm is native to southern Brazil (as are many Syagrus), northern Argentina, Paraguay and Uraguay. There it tends to grow in lowland areas or on small mountain ranges. This species was known for many years as Cocos plumosa and sometimes you'll still see it called this in nurseries. This incorrect name began being used, but few knew it had been previously described in 1823 by Adelbert von Chamisso, who named is Cocos romanzoffianum. In 1916 Becarri broke up the genus of Cocos ito seven groups. With this, and at that point, this species was known as "Arecastrum romanofzianna". Later the species was grouped with Syagrus and to this date its name has been Syagrus romanofzianna. This points out how, over times, it is not uncommon to see names of a given species change over and over again.  

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE QUEEN PALM
 

Syagrus romanofzianna is a single trunk palm that can easily get to a height of 50 feet. I have personally seen specimens reach a height of greater than 60 feet when grown under optimal conditions with plenty of water and fertilizer. Trunk diameters can get to almost two feet. The leaves get a length of up to 12 feet and are plumose, or multi-ranked. In other words, they are quite "fluffy" in appearance. Each leaf can be quite heavy and the petiole bases are fibrous and thick. An average tree can carry as many as 15 leaves or more. Leaf color is dark green unless the plant is nutritionally challenged or in too hot and dry of a climate. The crown is full and rounded. As these leaves age (lower part of the crown), they turn brown and tend to hang down toward the ground and adjacent to the trunk. These have to be manually removed or the tree can look unsightly. They are not a "self-cleaning" species.


Examples of very tall Queen Palms.  On the left below, specimens go up to about the eighth floor, on the right they line a street, twice the height of telephone poles.

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The trunks, as mentioned, tend to be thick and fairly smooth. It is not unusual too see their faint growth rings separated by more than 12 inches on a vigorous specimen (see below). Flowers and seeds are born below the crown of leaves. The fruits are an intense yellow when mature and fall to the ground when ready for germination. One can see a mature Queen with what seems to be literally thousands of fruits near the base of the tree. The outer bract of the flower is quite woody when mature and has a very sharp point on the end. This could prove to be dangerous if unleashed in a windstorm and striking a person.

Trunks of the Queen Palm Tree show amazing growth.  Note the distance between each ring.  This means with each leaf nearly a foot of trunk height resulted (left).  On the right is a picture of green fruit and fruit that is ripening to the yellow color.
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Another view of the Queen Palm in fruit from afar. 
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GROWTH AND CULTURE OF THE QUEEN PALM: Queen Palm Care
 

Queen Palms, even from the seedling stage, are very fast growers. Seeds will germinate in several months and are easy to grow. Young seedlings prefer filtered light but soon tolerate full sun in most areas. It is not unusual to be able to get a 6 foot 15g tree in two to three years from the seedling stage. This is one of the reasons that this species is so affordable. In most areas, one should plant this palm in full sun. In extremely hot inland or desert areas, filtered light might be needed. In general, it is not considered a drought tolerant palm but can take periods of low water. Queen palms grow faster when given more water and fertilizer. But, it is surprising that neglected specimens can look attractive. If given plenty of water and fertilizer, this species can be strikingly beautiful. In my locality, a planted 15g tree can reach heights of ten to twenty feet in a period of just a few years. It can develop several feet of trunk per year.

An ideal soil for queen palms would be good draining and have some organic material applied. But, as a species, Queen Palms seem to tolerate a fair amount of neglect and suboptimal soil. In Southern California one can see this species in dense clay soil and well as sandy loam. With a lack of water and fertilizer, the most common malady seen is yellow leaves (see photo below), slower growth and thinner trunks. Queen palms, because of their fast growth rate, do need fertilizer to look their best. A slow release fertilizer with microelements should be applied at least 3 times per year. Watering frequency would opitmally be 3x per week in most areas during the warmer seasons. Roots can be a bit invasive if planted right next to a structure, but in general plants usually do not hurt house foundations.

Sometimes one will see a large Queen Palm where the base of the trunk is rather thin. Then, as you look upward, the trunk seems to bulge toward the middle. This is usually the result of a new property owner giving a neglected tree plenty of water and nutrition such that more vigorous growth occurs. Watch for it and you'll notice is around town yourself.


Note that the Queen Palm below has yellow leaves and is nutritionally challenged.
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COLD TOLERANCE OF THE QUEEN PALM
 

Some palm reference books will cite that this species tolerates temperatures down to 25 degrees F. However, most enthusiasts have found that the Queen Palm will survive temperatures into the upper teens F. I would estimate that temperatures of below 17 degrees will burn the palm and much below this will kill it. This means that it is adaptable to many garden zones and will tolerate freezes in many area. Because of it's durability and cold tolerance, it is commonly grown in areas that cannot grow other more tropical species. Interestingly, when the Queen Palm is hybridized with other more cold tolerant species like Butia capitata, one sees a bit more cold tolerance than the pure species.

VARIABILITY IN APPEARANCE OF QUEEN PALMS AND HYBRIDS

As discussed, variation in appearance can be secondary to cultural issues. Also important are Queens from natively different populations in the wild and from hybridization. When looked at thoroughly as a species, one will see variations in the size of the trunk, overall height, length of the leaves, size of the fruit and color of the leaflets. Probably most important of all factors is horticultural care. Plants that receive plenty of water and fertilizer tend to be larger and more green and robust. There are, however, other factors which can be at play. These include this species' tendency to hybridize as well as different genetic strains in the wild that are then marketed domestically. Regarding hybridization, in habitat some localities overlap with other Syagrus species and hybrids can occur. This can lead to seed collection of "Queens" that end up looking a bit different from others of the same species. Also, man can intentionally cross the Queen Palm with various other genera (below). Amu hybridization can result in major differences between the hybrid and the "normal" Queen Palm.

Another factor involving the difference seen among Queens can be that seed has been collected in different native localities. It has been discussed among enthusiasts for years that there is a variety called the "Silver Queen" which comes from an area called Santa Catarina in Brazil. This "variety" was touted to have bigger trunks, a silver appearance and faster growth rate. This may be true. Undoubtedly there are differences among plants that are offered at nurseries. But, their similarities are much more pronounced than their differences.

Of significant importance to us now, however, is the hybridization of Queens with other species or genera. In recent times, one of the most popular of these hybrids is known as the Mule Palm. This is an inter-generic hybrids between the seed bearing Butia capitata ( Pindo Palm, Jelly palm) and the Queen Palm. Queen pollen is transferred onto the blossom of the Butia. The reverse cross has also been done, but it is the true Mule Palm (Butia seed bearer) that is most popular. This hybrid is an attractive palm that resembles a Queen Palm but is more cold hardy. It is not as tall but still an excellent grower. It is particular sought after when enthusiasts routinely see temperatures into the mid to upper teens F. Because this hybrid's production takes hand pollination of the flowers, plants tend to be expensive.

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The Mule Palm, Butia X Queen, photo by M.H.
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The Mule Palm, Butia X Queen, photo by M.H.

Below is a hybrid between a Queen and a Butia (left).  On the right appears to be another hybrid of some sort.
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DIGGING AND MOVING QUEEN PALMS

There is no question that the Queen Palm can be dug and moved from one location to another. Specimens will tolerate the dig and transplant easily. However, in the nursery trade this is seldom done. This is because the costs of digging and replanting are greater than what people will pay for a large specimen Queen Palm. And, a much more affordable and small plant will quickly become quite large. As nursery plants are affordable and very available, there is essentially no demand for large dug specimens. Therefore, homeowners who want one removed typically have to pay a tree removal service to eliminate the plant. "Palm diggers" seldomly remove them.

USAGE OF QUEEN PALMS IN LANDSCAPE

Consumers worldwide have used Queen Palms for making a landscape statement. They are big palms and get quite tall. Given their ease of growth, it is quite common to see them in domestic or commercial plantings. They are one of the best palms for establishing canopy (shade from the sun and protection from cold). However, because they are so commonly seen everywhere, enthusiasts and creative landscape companies tend not to use them. Perhaps this is a bit unfair to the species because it is quite attractive. But, collectors seem to dismiss this species as they can look up and down the street in both directions and see dozens of Queens. Even with this, the Syagrus romanzoffiana remains the number one most commonly sold palm tree in department and outlet stores in Southern California. It is not rare to see novices over-plant their yard with the Queen Palm. And, it is often common for such people who later become enthusiasts, to remove most of their Queen Palms at a later date.


Both photos below show Queen Palms in domestic plantings.
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Queen Palms are one of those species that could be utilized to line a street or driveway. This is commonly seen in Southern California and other parts of the world.  They give a majestic appearance and the crowns are eventually up against the blue sky.  Alternative species commonly used for parkway plantings include Royal Palms, King Palms and Fishtail Palms. 


Queen Palms lining a driveway on the left.  On the right being used in a public park.
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There are other more unusual Syagrus species that could be used as a substitute for the Queen Palm  The problem is that most landscape architects and contractors don't know the other species.  They rest on the facts that everyone knows Queen Palms, that they are cheap and readily available.  Therefore, to the unimaginative person, Queen Palms are selected off the "short list" and used over and over again.  Hopefully with time such professionals will come to recognize the virtues of alternative species.

Picture on the left below shows the Queen Palm as a parkway planting (left).  To the right are Queens in a commercial condominium project. 
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QUEEN PALM GROUPINGS

Most people plant Queen Palms as a single plant. They might plant many in their yard or project, but these are typically not grouped. This is because, as a single tree, the Queen is quite large. However, one occasionally sees groups of Queen Palms, most commonly three together (like we see with King Palms). The result might be three similar sized plants with time or sometimes stair-stepping in sizes. Such a planting gives a lot of canopy generated shade below. Of note, to get the bending out appearance of the Queens (below), they have to be grown from a seedling stage together. If you merely take three older plants and put them in the ground close to each other, you get three vertical trunks without the bend in the trunks at the ground.

On the left you see a "triple Queen.  On the right you see the base of this grouping.
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DISEASE AND PESTS WITH QUEEN PALMS

In Southern California, the most common problems we see with growing Queen Palms is cultural. This means they are given too little water, too little fertilizer, or are no given enough ample sun. In terms of insects, Queens can be afflicted with scale, mealybug or even aphids. Older specimens can get trunk boring insect damage. And, a decades old tree can be subject to termites. Diseases and pests are more common in sickly or poorly maintained plants.

USAGE OF QUEEN PALMS IN CONTAINERS OR IN THE HOUSE

Queen Palms are not the ideal containerized species of palm to grow. This is because they grow very rapidly and quickly surpass the size of their container. For instance, on moving a 15g Queen into a 20g pot, one typically only has one to two years before the roots have totally occupied the container. If not moved up to a larger pot, the tree starts to look stressed and sickly. Another reason that this species is a bad choice for a container is that they get quite tall quickly and winds can literally blow over the entire plant. It is true that huge concrete containers can be used for Queens, but typically ornamental or nursery pots just don't have enough soil volume to support a tall Queen Palm.

For many of the same reasons, the Queen Palm is a poor choice for growing inside the house. They quickly approach the ceiling and often look anemic and stressed. Also, inherently, this species does not like being indoors where it gets less air circulation and humidity. For this reason, it is seldom recommended as a house plant.

ALTERNATIVES IN LANDSCAPE TO THE QUEEN PALM

There are many other palms that can be used instead of the more common Queen Palm. And, these alternative species are all beautiful and give large specimen palms. For example, one can use other species of Syagrus. Possibilities are S. botryophora, amara, coronata and pseudococcos. Characteristics of these species are given elsewhere at this website. One could also choose alternative genera such as Roystonea, Archontophoenix, Parajubaea, Ravenea or Caryota.


On the left is Syagrus botryophora, on the right Syagrus Amara
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Below is a Syagrus coronata

Syagrus coronata

On the left is Syagrus sancona, on the right Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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Below is Roystonea regia on the left and Caryota gigas on the right.  Both form canopy.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT QUEEN PALMS (FAQ's)

QUESTION:
Can I stunt my Queen Palm so it won't get so tall?  Yes, one can deprive this species such that it will not grow well and probably never get too tall.  But, it won't look good.  A professional would just suggest you try a different species rather than try to create an ugly Queen.

QUESTION:  How do I stop my Queen from forming seeds?  There is no available chemical or drug that will do this. Rather, we suggest you remove the blossom(s) when they first appear.  This is not difficult and will prevent the dropage of fruit.  You have to keep up with it.

QUESTION:  Do I have to cut off the old dead leaves on my Queen Palm?  You don't have to, but the tree looks much better if you do.  They will drop off by themselves in time.  Remember, such dropping might be at an unpredictable time and hit a car or person. 

QUESTION Because they were so cheap, I planted way too many Queen Palms in my yard and now they are everywhere.  What can I do? This is just poor planing.  Yes, you saved money but the cost of removal will more than exceed the savings you made at the time of planting.  We usually tell consumers to just plant a few if they like them.  Never use them all over the place so that Queens are all you have.  If one has this problem, the only option is to physically remove them or put up with their presence. 

QUESTION Are the seeds of Queen Palm poisonous?  To be best of our knowledge, they are not.  In fact, they are eaten by people in some parts of the world and by animals.

QUESTION Why do architects always use Queen Palms in commercial design?  There are two reasons for this.  First, they are always available commercially and are affordable.  The second is that many architects are many times unaware of good alternatives and use them from their "tried and true" list.  This has been going on for many years.

QUESTION I have Queen Palms in my yard.  Will anyone buy them?  The answer is typically "no" for reasons given above.

QUESTION I live in a very cold area.  Will Queen Palms grow for me outdoors?  Queen Palms take down to about 17 degrees.  If you get colder than this, you'll need to utilize cold protection or pick an alternative species

QUESTION I've heard of "Baby Queens".  What are they?  This is merely a name given to a species of Chamaedorea, a New World palm that typically likes shade.  This species, C. plumosa, is different and can be grown in sun along coastal strips and is attractive.  But, it has a fairly thin trunk and does not resemble a Queen Palm.  It was just a name given by growers to market their product.

SUMMARY

Queen Palms are a type of Syagrus.  They are grown quite commonly worldwide in temperate and tropical areas.  They are fast growing, get quite tall and usually quite affordable for the consumer.  Over planting of Queens can overwhelm a garden quite easily and one should limit the number used.  Queens make poor potted or indoor plants.  They need pruning from time to time and the seeds are non-toxic as far as we know.  Queens are commonly used in commercial designs because of availability and cost.  Cold tolerance of the Queen Palm is the mid to upper teens F.  Palm enthusiasts tend not to utilize Queen Palms because they are so common.  A hybrid between the Pindo Palm and the Queen palm is known as the Mule Palm.  It is very attractive and more cold hardy than the Queen.  Finally, Queens can be easily dug and moved but there is little demand for them in the marketplace so it is hard to sell them.

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written by a guest, July 20, 2012
i dug out a queen palm & planted it in a different spot, will that affect the palm in any way?
the leafs turned yellow is that bad?
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written by Mitch Shirts, July 20, 2012
Hello Guest - the best place to ask questions about plants is in our Forum here http://www.themulch.com/forum.
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written by a guest, August 08, 2012
Someone said that Queen Palms fronts should be trimed in the fall. I've also been told to do it in June or January. We have 6 large trees and it gets quite expensive. What is the best time of the year to trim. We live in Calif. It's very hot during the summer and cold in the winter???
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written by Mitch Shirts, August 15, 2012
Hi Guest,

I asked Phil Bergman (the Author - you can contact him at www.junglemusic.net)and his response was "You can prune them any time of year. A good answer would be “when you can afford it”."

I hope this helps!
Mitch
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written by a guest, August 22, 2012
I have a small queen palm (trunk is about 5 feet tall). The new growth coming out of the center turned brown and died. It pulled out easily. I have been told it's fungus, also that it is weevils. Any ideas? We have several more and don't want to see whatever it is spread to our other trees.
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written by Mitch Shirts, August 24, 2012
Hi Guest,
I asked Phil Bergman (the Author - you can contact him at www.junglemusic.net)says the following:

That's a harder Q. B/c it requires an inspection of the new growth by going up on a ladder. One would look for insects, rot, etc. Also, you need to know where the person lives. If they are in a very cold area, last year's winter could have set the plant back and now it's showing signs of the problem. Also, too little water or too strong of fertilizer can kill new growth.
So, it takes more questions and answers back and forth to work your way through it.
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written by a guest, January 15, 2013
I bought a number of 24" box queens but they were overgrown for the box to about 20-25 foot trunks. They were beautiful when they arrived from the nursery. We planted them with my landscaper with some jypson(sp) and palm planting mix. Since then every tree has lost at least 4 fronds turning brown and more stil going. No yellowing. Over the last two months I have put on some Vitamin B, and Super Thrive a couple times. And recently put on some palm fertilizer. Been watering them a few times per week. Any suggestions to help stop these fronds from turning brown and dying? Thank you very much.
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written by a guest, February 15, 2013
I have five queen palms in my yard and two of them look like they are not getting enough water. I question whether it is a water issue or not, based on the fact that the other three are doing fine with what seems to the same amount of water as two that are having problems. Any comments or recommendations on who to contact?
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written by Phil Bergman, February 16, 2013
I just saw this question about newly planted palms trees not doing well. Trunks that are twenty to twenty five feet in a 24 inch box would be enormous for that box size. Such a tree should be in a 48 inch box. So, I suspect they were heavily rooted into the ground to get this big in a small box. This means there was root pruning when you bought them (most likely). So, you might be seeing what you could have predicted would happen. That is, that lower leaves would die off because of transpant shock. Just water them heavily and they'll probably come out of it. But, there's a chance this ould put a chronic stress on the trees. Sometimes, bigger is not better in the palm world. This might be an example of this. Queens are so fast and agressive that even a 15g will be huge in five to ten years if given good care.
Phil
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written by a guest, February 21, 2013
I have a 25' queen palm that is splitting on opposite sides. I sprayed pruning care in the cracks. Is there any way I can save this tree?
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written by a guest, March 12, 2013
I have a queen palm that is around 5-6 years old with a trunk length of 10 feet and has been splitting all around the trunk. The splitting starts around 2-3 feet up the trunk. The growth and appearance is healthy. What can I do to make sure it stays alive? Or is this even an issue?
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written by Phil Bergman, March 13, 2013
Dear Guest,
You will see this occur, especially with rapid growing species like the Queen Palm. I think it's probably growing so fast that the outer bark cannot keep up; thus the splits. The main point I want to make is that you should do nothing with the cracks. Don't "seal them up". Consider it a would that you leave open. Sealing it might cause fungus or bacteria to take hold and cause problems. Over time, the cracks will remain but most likely the tree will do fine.
Phil Bergman
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads
www.junglemusic.net
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written by a guest, May 09, 2013
Hello Guest,
I've posted your question in our "Forums" section here: http://www.themulch.com/compon...n-pal#2354

You can follow the conversation there.
thanks!
Mitch
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written by Phil Bergman, May 09, 2013
Hi.
Answers to Questions above:

1. Stunting Queens: Unfortunately, the things one does to make them "pretty" also promote growth. If you want them to stay small, just under-fertilize them and give them little soil. But, sooner or latter, they'll probably repay you by being a bit ugly. But, maybe you could compromise and sort of keep them small.

2. By "Dwarf Queen", I assume you mean Chamaedorea plumosa, known at the Baby Queen and, by the way, related in no fashion to the Queen Palm. This name was given only as a marketing tool b/c it was felt buyers wouldn't remember the true name. This species peaks out at about 14 feet or a bit more. They will take sun along the coast, like lots of water and need regular fertilizer. Yellowing or brown spots can be from cold weather or lack of water/fertilizer. good luck with it.
Phil
Jungle Music Palm Trees and Cycads
Encinitas, CA
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written by a guest, May 27, 2013
We planted our first queen palms in 2009,they were about 5-6ft tall. I fed and watered them religously and today they are a beautiful 15-20ft tree. We added 15 more to our yard when we had a pool put in summer of 2010 and they are going crazy also. I use this palm tree food I get at Lowes. Its amazing and not expensive. Well worth the money
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written by a guest, July 12, 2013
My queen palm has been damaged by pests, possibly termites, but I'm not sure. The pests have caused a great amount of damage to the lower trunk and I'm afraid the tree will not be able to hold itself much longer. I have already sprayed an insecticide. Is there anything I can do to help speed the recovery of the damaged area and save the tree? Any suggestions would help
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written by Phil Bergman, July 17, 2013
Readers,
To the first post above, Queens are easy to grow. Give them the right amount of water and fertilizer and then just step back. You can't stop them. Some complain they get too tall or it's a drag to prune off the old hanging brown leaves. These two things are probably true, but a beautiful palm does come with work.

To the second post above, I've known of Queen Palms to get termites or other boring insects. You may see entry holes in the trunk. I'd recommend getting a good landscaper to inspect the palm or perhaps get a plant pathologist. If you ignore it altogether, the crown may just fall off some day and this could be dangerous. Probably some form of treatment is needed. Good luck with it.

Phil
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written by a guest, July 21, 2013
hi i have two queen palm trees in containers. i live in norfolk, va (2351smilies/cool.gif and i wonder if i should let my palm trees sit out in the winter in my area. they are about 2 - 3 years old now. what type of winter protection should i use on the palm trees if its not recommended to keep them out in the cold.

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written by a guest, October 17, 2013
Birds are breaking off the leaves of my young queen palms. What can be done to repel them.
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written by mitch, October 18, 2013
Hello Guest, I've posted your question in our forums here
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written by a guest, November 01, 2013
I live in the Palm Springs area....I have three Queen Palms in the front of my yard. We have gotten out of our summer....they look pretty bad on top...a friend said I need to hire this guy that will burrow down 50feet to give it food but it costs a lot. Do the queen palms have that deep of a root system. And if not what kind of food do I give it and when. Need Help
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written by Jungle Music Nursery, November 02, 2013
I am going to answer the last question from Palm Springs. No, a Queen Palm will not put roots down to 50 feet. Probably the only thing accomplished by this would be contaminating deep water tables and losing your money. Try these things instead:
1. Give it extra water. Maybe it had too little during the hot spell.
2. Keep up with extra water for a while. I doubt you could over water in Palm Springs.
3. Give it some slow release fertilizer: ratio N/P/K of 10/5/10 or something close.

Good luck with it.
Phil Bergman
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads
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written by a guest, December 11, 2013
I was told to remove my palms because they are to close to my pool and could damage it .
I feel sad about it .
Is it true or just a way to make me remove them and collect the money ...$ 650.00 per tree is a lot of money .
I need advice please , thank you
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written by a guest, December 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

It is hard for me to outguess a landscaper or gardener when I'm not looking at the pool and palm trees myself. But, I'd ask you these questions:

1. Are you having any pool problems yet? Are there cracks in the pool surface, coping, tiles, etc.? If you are, then perhaps your contractor is correct. If not, then he's thinking it "could" happen.
2. How far from the pool are the palm trees? If they are more than three to four feet, I'd be surprised to see problems. In general, palm roots are not very destructive
3. Did you try to get a second opinion? I'd consider that before spending a lot of money.

Good luck with it.

Phil
Jungle Music Palm Trees and Cycads
Encinitas, CA
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written by a guest, April 03, 2014
Just recently bought a queen palm, but there are two palms and the roots are very intertwined. Can I cut these roots so that the two palms grow individually or will I end up damaging the palms?

Celeste
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written by a guest, April 03, 2014
Dear Guest,
I sounds like you bought a plant where there are two plants in the same container. Although you might pull it off, the chances are you'll damage both plants. There would be significant root damage and you never know if the plants will survive. At the least, you'd set them both back. So, I'd leave it alone.
Phil
Jungle Music
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written by sikawai, April 27, 2014
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written by a guest, June 06, 2014
can queen palms damage your driveway if they are planted too close I have planted like 1 to 2 feet away and you're about 13 feet tall can you help me please
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written by a guest, August 06, 2014
I have several queen palms that are growing tall however their trunks at top are very narrow and the leaves are yellow. Is this water deprivation, fertilizer or a disease?
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written by a guest, October 16, 2014
I have a palm and it has a crack about 8 inches and at the deepest point it is about an inch deep. What can I do to keep it from getting worst . thank you
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written by a guest, October 17, 2014
Dear Guest,
Someone earlier in this thread asked the same question.
The crack in the trunk results from the plant growing so fast that it "outgrows" the bark of its stem/trunk. This produces a "crack", almost always a vertical fissure.
I'd leave it alone; do nothing. If you seal it, you may create a deep hidden area for rot to begin. If you want to apply a fungicide from time to time, that's ok. But, I wouldn't close it off or seal it. This would be the best for the tree. I hope this helps.
Phil Bergman
Jungle Music, Encinitas, CA

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