4-headed palm tree ‘has had a wonderful life,’ official says

This undated photo shows a one-of-a-kind four-headed palm tree in Oaks by the Bay Park in Panama City, Fla. The Palm is in “irreversible decline” and likely will be removed soon, city officials said. The unusual tree is 80 to 100 years old. City officials are brainstorming a replacement for the palm. The leading suggestion is to create a sculpture from wood. But Assistant City Manager Jared Jones says he’s open to other ideas. (Joshua Boucher /News Herald via AP)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) Officials in Florida say the outlook for a one-of-a-kind four-headed palm tree isn’t good.

The News Herald reports that an expert study found that the Pindo palm in Panama City is in “irreversible decline” because of a number of factors including age, structural deformities, root death and likely a lightning strike.

Assistant City Manager Jared Jones says the city probably will have to remove the tree soon.

It’s a disappointing diagnosis for many. St. Andrews Commissioner Mike Nichols calls the tree a piece of art, adding it “has had a wonderful life.”

Experts say the tree is 80 to 100 years old.

City officials are brainstorming a replacement for the palm. The leading suggestion is to create a sculpture from wood. But Jones says he’s open to other ideas.