Question: Hi Susan. I have a question about the Windmill Palm we have outside our house. It is somewhere around 18-20 years old as we can figure out, and it is now so tall the top is hitting the awning and gutter that comes out from the roof. We are concerned with the damage the palm may do to the house as it continues to grow.
We are wondering if it is possible to chop the top of the palm off, or it this will kill it. It we are unable to prune it down from the top, we will definitely have to get rid of it somehow, and we are just trying to avoid just getting rid of it completely because it is such a neat plant. If you had any advice on what the damage would be we chopped off the top, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Answer: Hi. The most important part of the palm tree is its bud. If you chop the top off, the palm tree will die. The only option would be moving this palm to a different spot. It usually very hard to move large palms and will require some heavy duty equipment. Also, palm trees often go into a shock after transplanting and can die. ~Susan Brian
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