Magnolia Trees

Loss of Tree Top

Anonymous added on February 13, 2011 | Answered

About two feet of the top of an eight-foot magnolia broke off from the weight of snow. How should I repair it, and will there be new growth at the top? There were no branches on the piece that broke off. The break was a split, not a snap off.

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Answered on February 20, 2011

If the branch was completely severed, you cannot fix it. That branch will never grow as the "lead" branch again (which I am assuming it was) and grow upwards but others on the tree will take over for it and grow up. That being said, it will likely not grow as tall as it could have had the leab branch not broken.

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