Magnolia Trees
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Star Magnolia

Zone Alexandria, VA | [email protected] 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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shelley
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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:
http://reflectionsfloraandfauna.blogspot.com/2010/10/star-magnolia-seed-pods.html

For more information about star magnolia, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/caring-for-star-magnolia-trees.htm

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