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Old 04-12-2009, 20:38
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Anyone having palm trees on or near their property in PP should have them checked out for a parasitic beetle which is killing loads of trees in the area, the two old ones by st jordi hotel and the big one near grand cafe have all gone plus loads more around LLenaire and up to the pine walk. The beetle was previously only found around the Palma area, but now its up here and it can be devastating
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Old 04-12-2009, 20:53
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Oh - I have a 90 year old palm tree in my garden and I did think it ws looking a little sad on my last visit. we had the lower branches cut back yesterday but I noticed this year it has been quite brown in areas. This is a worry - my tree is lovely (or was!!) I need to get this checked very quickly. Do you know if anything can be done should we have beetle problems or does that mean the end of our tree?
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Old 04-12-2009, 21:17
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sounds like its already too far gone, but best to get a local tree person like Forcat or somebody to check it out
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So is that why the 2 trees just up from the Rosa Blanca were cut down ? (they were gowing on the road islands) I was really disappointed when they were given the chop.

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1 or 2 have gone in the square in PP, i think it's sad when trees are lost.
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We were very sad to hear that the trees on our island had gone Miriam. It won't ever be the same.

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woooooooo, steady, all things change... it is the way of life... which is why 'life' is so precious. And 'natural' change is better than man made.
BUT... let us hope the 'cooncil' will rally round... as they have in the past ( the big storm that took out all the trees and many other things too ! ) and plant up some newbys

Miriam

...and aint it just my luck.. palm tree parasites!...now had it been PINE tree parasites, I might have got my veiw back in PP! only half kidding...cos I really do like trees

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Quite a few cut down in Llenaire last week - very upsetting and obvious from looking around there are quite a few more to follow. Understand the beetle 'life' was encouraged by the early (Spring) trimming of the trees. A local told us that they will all go in due course.
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The beetle is a "Picudo Rojo" or "Red Weevil" and is decimating palm trees all over southern Spain.
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Have heard that there are about 20 to go in the Gotmar area. Eleanor unfortunately there is no saving them once they have the beetle,cutting them down is the only course of action sorry.
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Quite a few cut down in Llenaire last week - very upsetting and obvious from looking around there are quite a few more to follow. Understand the beetle 'life' was encouraged by the early (Spring) trimming of the trees. A local told us that they will all go in due course.
Saw a few had been cut down around Llenaire near some villas and thought it was for other reasons, its a shame. Hope they can be replanted.

Do you mean that all the trees will go in due course or all the beetles!!
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Do you mean that all the trees will go in due course or all the beetles!!
All the trees I'm afraid - the 'local' we spoke to tried to make it lighthearted by saying pines would be planted in the place of palms and Palma would be re-christened Pine-a
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I'm so sad about this. I am especially sad if my tree has been infected. It does sound as if that is the case and we are in Gotmar too.

We actually had our pool built around the palm tree and have been so careful in looking after it. Fingers crossed - somehow I think I need to cross my toes as well!
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Found a link to a scientific paper here detailing the damage and also showing the beetle and typical damage caused
The Red Palm Weevil in the Mediterranean Area
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Well that doesnt make for a happy read at all does it? If its been going on for so long and they still havent found a solution its a very worrying situation.
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