Magnolia Trees
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Southern Magnolia Tree – Sudden Drooping Leaves?

Zone 27817 / 7B | Anonymous added on May 9, 2017 | Answered

We have a 12 year old Southern Magnolia tree that has suddenly started having all these droopy leaves all over. There are still new leaves and what looks like blooms beginning to form. This tree is about 25 feet tall but it's trunch appears small for a tree of this height, maybe 4-5 inches. Do I have a problem? The tree is located at the outer edge of the woodland area and does on occations have water in the dry river stream about 6 feet away for this trunk. We have never had a problem with this tree before. Bill M. Chocowinity, N.C. 27817

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 9, 2017

In the spring the old leaves will drop as they make room for new leaves. This is quite common and sometimes alarming.

Inspect the leaves of the tree to look for any other signs of pest or disease.

I agree that the trunk sounds small in diameter for a tree that is the age of yours.
Fertilize in the spring with a slow release fertilizer.

The root system of a Magnolia tree are shallow and have a very large spread. Thus Magnolia Trees should not be planted near foundations, wells or septic systems.

If the root system is exposed to excessive moisture, this could inhibit growth and cause problems. They need well draining soil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/are-magnolia-roots-invasive.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/magnolia-tree-care.htm

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