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Is this still alive/saveable?

I have a magnolia that I bought and planted going on two years ago. I planted it the first year and didn’t seem to do well (not enough water, I believe). I moved it to the current location, and it did not do any better. No leaves, flowers, etc. this spring. I went to dig it out this morning and notice two shoots coming from the base of the trunk. Should I keep it? Is this saveable? Cut off the dead branches and let these new ones form? Where would you cut the dead branches?

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#1 Comment By Downtoearthdigs On 06/01/2017 @ 10:39 pm

Certainly it appears that the roots are still alive.

You can prune the tree down and wait it out, if you have the patience.

I would not prune as it can leave the tree open to disease and pests.


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