What is white fungus on palm trees?

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White fungus on palm trees is actually webbing that is left by the spiraling whitefly. The flies create cotton-like white nests underneath the fronds of the palm trees. The nests are often mistaken for fungus.

If the palms are left untreated, sooty mold can develop on the leaves. The mold resembles fireplace soot and ashes and can prevent the leaves from absorbing adequate sunlight.

Soot mold caused by spiraling whitefly can easily be removed with dish soap and water. Palm trees can also be treated with gentle insecticides injected directly into the trunk. The insecticides effectively render the trees immune to spiraling whitefly infestation without causing damage.

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1. Stop any overhead irrigation and protect the trees from rainfall. Keeping leaves dry is integral to preventing leaf spot fungus. 2. Increase space between plants if growing them
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Maybe to make them look nice. Rather: http://www.webanswers.com/science/biology/why-paint-palm-trees-white-77b414.
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To make the tree visible, & so prevent (or at least reduce the risks! of road
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The fungi that citrus are likely to catch and get ill from aren't white. It probably isn't a fungus, it is probably mealybugs that are being farmed by ants. Dust the ground around
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White Fungus on a Palm Tree
Weird white fungal mushroom growths appearing on your palm trunk can make your tree look somewhat primordial, but they're also a symptom of a dangerous, somewhat mysterious palm disease that will slowly kill your tree.... More »
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