Ganoderma zonatum (Palm Butt Rot)

ken_ny(Z10FL)February 27, 2011

I am looking for any information about infected palms in SE Florida. I am particularly interested in infected Foxtail Palms but would like to hear about any infected palms other than Queens.

Foxtails have been reported infected in Sarasota

more info about ganoderma



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This may be a re-hash of the information of your documents but I find it to be useful.

Here is a link that might be useful: ganoderma

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 1:13PM
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Steve - I've read that. Here is some correspondence I just had with University of Florida IFAS

Have their been any documented cases of ganoderma butt rot affecting foxtail palms in SE Florida?

Are there any palms that are definitely resistant to ganoderma butt rot?

I am in the process of removing three queen palms (1 dead, 1 dying and 1 just beginning to show signs) and am trying to intelligently decide what course to take as well as be prepared to deal with my HOA.

Dear Mr. Rossman,

Yes, Ganoderma butt rot has been observed on foxtail palms. At this point in time, we consider ALL palms susceptible to this disease. Below is the link to the fact sheet on this disease. If you have any questions have reviewing it, I would be happy to answer them for you.

Ganoderma Butt Rot:




Monica L. Elliott, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Center Director

University of Florida IFAS

Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

3205 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale (Davie), FL 33314

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 9:14AM
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Just lost a Queen Palm to Ganoderma & would like to replace it with something that will grow fast and without fuss. Would like to consider either a clump of White Bird of Paradise or a clump of Yuccas. Are these plants resistant to the spore/fungus?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 7:30PM
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It seems only palms are affected by this so you should be good if you plant any of those plants. The Yuccas will be more hardy than the Bird of Paradise(and you have the ability to prune the yuccas back if they get out of control which is a big plus). You will probably never have to care for it other than giving some fertilizer and water when newly planted so it can take off and grow well!
Good luck

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 8:07PM
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