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Re: Magnolia Tree


Re : Magnolia Tree -- Darlene
Posted by Newt , Jul 13,2005,04:07    Top of Thread   Forum

Hi Darlene,

Sorry to hear about your frostbitten tree. You don't say which magnolia you have, how old it is and where you live, but based on what I know I would suggest that you GENTLY scratch some of the bare limbs to see if there is green just under the bark. If there is green, then the branch is still alive and will leaf out eventually. If there is no green then that limb is dead. Dead wood can be pruned at any time. Generally magnolias don't need much pruning. Pruning is best done either right after bloom in the spring or in late winter - March, if you don't mind sacrificing some flowers. Here's some info on magnolias and how to prune.

http://doityourself.com/flowers/magnolias.htm
http://www.rnews.com/print.cfm?id=9601
http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/treeshrub/magnolia.htm
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/howtos/ht_prune/prun001.htm

Newt


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