Question: A tree trimmer said my royal palm is diseased and should be removed. Another source said it was a possible lightning strike but should recover. There is new growth at the top of the tree. Do I replace the tree or wait? -- Dave Prostejovsky, Davie

Robert answers: Lightning strikes usually kill the palm and exit holes with oozing sap occur at the base of the palm. All the palm fronds hang down after a lightning strike. There is no evidence of disease from the photos. The holes and oozing in the crown shaft are probably caused by the... Courtesy