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Lightning Damage to Landscape Palms

Learning to distinguish the symptoms of lightning strikes is a valuable tool for arborists, landscapers, pest control companies, and gardeners. The symptoms may be confused with other causes such as lethal yellowing disease (Candidatus palmae Phytoplasma), Thielaviopsis trunk rot (Thielaviopsis paradoxa), palmetto weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentatus), and even storm damage.