Lethal Bronzing Disease (LBD)

Florida palm trees are being threatened by an invasive disease. Lethal Bronzing Disease (LBD) or formerly known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD)

Lethal Bronzing is spread to certain palm trees by a plant hopping insect no larger than a grain of rice. Once a tree has been infected the only thing you can do is have it removed.

However, that does not mean your other trees need to suffer. There are preventative measures that can be taken to stop the spread of this disease. Quarterly injections of Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride (OTC-HCl) can be used to prevent Lethal Bronzing.

Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride is an antibiotic used to treat for infections caused by both gram negative and gram positive bacteria. Lethal Bronzing occurs from Phytoplasma bacteria. Phytoplasma are bacteria that have lost their cell wall over time from evolution.

Symptoms for Lethal Bronzing can include premature fruit drop, if the fruit have not set but inflorescences are present, they will become necrotic. The next symptom will be the discoloration of the oldest fronds. This will progress to the newest fronds all the way to the spear leaf. Once the spear leaf has collapsed, the heart of the palm or bud has died.

Lethal Bronzing only affects certain palm tree species such as:

Christmas Palm                                                          Pindo Palm

Bismark Palm                                                         Carpentaria Palm

Coconut Palm                                                         Chinese Fan Palm

Canary Island Date Palm                                     Edible Date Palm

Pygmy Date Palm                                                   Wild Date Palm

Fiji Fan Palm                                                            Buccaneer Palm

Mexican Palmetto                                                   Cabbage Palm

Queen Palm                                                       Chinese Windmill Palm

We at Lawngevity have been doing our part to prevent this disease ever since it first came to Florida’s coast in 2006. This is no new threat to us and we will do everything we can to keep your palm trees healthy.

Call LawngevityInc at (941) 379-5296 or use our convenient contact form. We’ll give you a call… followed by great service!

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