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Sabal palms

Sabal palm fronds bend or break near their base in hurricanes. Those that are bent can remain on the plant; those that are nearly detached can be removed to reduce risk.

sabal palm

Modest damage included bent fronds in the lower canopy. Leave these in place for now to allow the palm to recover. They can be removed as they turn brown.

damaged sabal palm

Some sabal palms are damaged in hurricanes. These nearly detached fronds can be removed to reduce risk.

broken fronds

Some lower fronds broken in the storms can be removed if they will present a potential risk (above). Salt injured lower fronds (right) can be removed if the entire frond is brown. However, most fronds typically have some green on them and these should remain. These will photosynthesis and help the palm recover energy reserves.

sabal palms