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My Foxtail Palms are drooping and the shoots for new fronds are not extending completely from the trunk.  Overall, they look unhealthy.
I recently fertilized (approximately 2 weeks ago) with around the waterline.  Also, what is the life expectancy of these trees?

What makes for the best hedge that will grow 5 to 6 feet in height?  I currently have Ixora's planted along my driveway and they never look healthy.  What would keep them green and lush?

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Hi Edwina, you didn't mention what climate zone you are in, but it sounds like it could possibly be frost or freeze damage; if not then it is a nutrient problem, and if so, the recent fertilizing should get them back on track. Palms do well for over 10 years in some varieties and longer in others. A good hedge line would be Viburnum, albeit Ixora is a pretty easy plant to grow if given sufficient fertilizing and watering.

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