Tropical Gardening: Hurricane season requires special care for island trees
By NORMAN BEZONA Professor emeritus, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources | Saturday, May 28, 2022, 12:05 a.m.
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Hat racking a tree makes it more subject to insect and fungus disease. This tree weakened by poor pruning is now being further damaged by the monkeypod moth, Melipotis indomita. The caterpillar stage feeds on new leaves as they attempt to emerge. This insect can cause dieback or even death of affected monkeypod and kiawe trees.