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Gumbo Limbo Trees



Gumbo Limbo trees are a soft wood South Florida native that can also be found in the Caribbean. It’s affectionately known as the “tourist tree” due to the appearance of peeling bark resembling a burnt tourist. They grow fast and large reaching heights of 40 ft’ with a canopy of up to 60’. These trees are great for South Florida due to its drought tolerance and love of direct sunlight however they are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases. Below are some common diseases to look out for.

  • Powdery Mildew: a fungal disease that appears as a white powdery substance on the leaves and stems of the tree. It can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

  • Anthracnose: a fungal disease that causes brown spots on the leaves and can cause them to drop prematurely.

  • Fusarium Wilt: a fungal disease that can cause the leaves to yellow and wilt, and can eventually kill the tree.

  • Tip Blight: a fungal disease that affects the tips of the branches, causing them to turn brown and die.

As for pests, some common ones that can affect Gumbo Limbo trees include:

  • Scale insects: small, oval-shaped insects that can attach to the bark of the tree and suck the sap out of it. This can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

  • Mealybugs: small, white insects that can attach to the leaves and stems of the tree and suck the sap out of it. This can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

  • Spider mites: tiny insects that can spin webs on the leaves of the tree and suck the sap out of it. This can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

If you suspect that your Gumbo Limbo tree is experiencing a pest or disease problem, it's best to consult with a tree care professional for guidance on the best course of action. Regular pruning and inspecting can prevent this. Contact Manley Tree Service today for a consultation and let us help you keep your tree healthy and thriving for years to come. (954) 566-7220


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