Magnolia Trees

Star Magnolia added on April 7, 2015 | Answered

Has this tree been in the U.S. long enough for it to be a host for insects? I am wondering if I need to plant some other plants to feed the birds around here, as I have heard bad things about the impact of non-native plants on birds.

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Answered on April 7, 2015

The star magnolia was introduced in the United States in 1862. Healthy star magnolias are usually pest-free, but its twigs and leaves can succumb to infestations of aphids, scale insects, spider mites and leafrollers. I have read that star magnolias produce seed pods which feed the birds:

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