Magnolia Trees
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cold damaged magnolia

Zone Zone 6b in the Philadelphia area | MagnoliaLover added on July 8, 2015 | Answered

Need help after COLD winter damaged one trunk of a two-trunk MAGNOLIA shrub/small tree. It was planted last summer by my builder. Most branches off that trunk died. Now I have dozens of new growth coming low on that trunk and the stubs of the branches. Do I thin out this new growth or leave it alone? (Wish I knew how to attach a picture for you) Thank you!

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on July 10, 2015

I personally would trim the bottom growth off and prune it up to have a bare trunk. I would not do this until this fall when the tree has gone dormant, or really the best time would be to wait until spring.

Here is a couple of links for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/caring-for-star-magnolia-trees.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/pruning-magnolia-trees.htm

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