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Q.Sun Burned Magnolia Moved Inside

Zone Goodyear AZ 85395 | Crninaz19 added on August 30, 2020 | Answered

I live in Goodyear AZ. I moved my California grown Magnolia here. The leaves have burned and fell off. I see new growth. Temperatures are between 110 and 115 even in the shade. I moved my tree inside and my air-conditioned home. Is this a good move?

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Answered on August 31, 2020

Unfortunately, your photos did not come through, so I cannot assess the situation.

Magnolias do not do well in container. Also, if this was in ground and you have dug it up recently, then that much stress will likely kill the tree.

Magnolias can survive in full sun and heat just fine, usually. They do not tolerate being dug up and moved, though.

If this has been in container the whole time, and you just moved it to a different location- The change in humidity probably shocked it.

Again, though, the tree will not do well in container, anyway. Depending on the situation, age of the tree, size of the pot, and many, many other factors, there are quite a few different possibilities of what could have happened.

What I can do in the meantime, is include one of our articles on the care of Magnolias. This will give it the best chance at survival:


This article will help you to grow trees in container, should you still want to attempt:


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