Magnolia (Susan) shrub only alive at bottom

ninec(4a (close to 4b))June 2, 2014

Hello All:

If anyone has a chance to give me an idea on what I should do with my poor magnolia, I'd appreciate it very much.

It seems to only be alive at the bottom and I'm not sure if I should cut down some of the top to help it, or if it's a lost cause completely.
p.s.I wouldn't even call myself a novice gardener. I just see something I like and plant it!

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gardenper(8)

Well it can't be a total loss cause since it is growing. I don't know if people graft magnolias but if it's the same plant top and bottom, then you're OK.

And since you mentioned that it is a shrub variety, then new growth from the bottom is good and you can cut the dead branches once you are satisfied that they are really dead.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 10:29AM
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CanadianLori(6a Oakville)

My susan magnolia was only supposed to grow 8 ft. Cut off the dead. You have nothing to lose. And count your blessings. We have to keep pruning back our 12 footer!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:32AM
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