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Q.Can I prune this Shrub a couple of feet

Zone South Devon, UK | Cliff1959 added on December 23, 2018 | Answered

Sorry Guys, I’m no gardener but I need to reduce the height of this shrub by a couple of feet, it’s currently covered in big buds that turn into lovely big white flowers. I don’t want to kill it as it would be pretty much without any buds or leaves left on top. It grows about 2ft a year?

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Answered on December 23, 2018

This is a deciduous Magnolia tree. This does not like to be pruned, and this is especially so as the tree gets older. I notice that this has been pruned before, which leads me to believe that a light pruning may be tolerated but this should be done right after a majority of the flowers drop.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/pruning-magnolia-trees.htm

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