Need help with magnolia tree please...

loves2readJuly 12, 2014

We bought house south of Sarasota two years ago--built in 1978--there is a magnolia tree in backyard...not sure of the type...
When we bought the tree was very bushy vs tall--had not been trimmed in years--decades maybe...
There was what looked like fungus on the trunk (photo 1) and branches and brown spots on leaves...posted in next comment
the yard guy we were using said that was because there was so much rain in our area...
We have been pruning branches from the interior to help the tree air out and let more light inside...
the condition is about the same however...

We haven't really found a "nursery" in our area to take a sample to for info--mainly WalMart and Lowe's around us and don't trust their garden people to know anything...

Appreciate insight/suggestions

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And this is photo of leaf cluster--some of them have more damage than others with bigger spots or black tips...

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 11:12AM
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jofus(9b/10a Englewood, Fl)

I don't blame you for being concerned, I think there are few trees as majestic as the Southern Magnolia. I had one planted on my front lawn here in SW Florida 13 months ago, - just outside my screened lanai, A 20 ft tall gem that is now loaded with foot wide, intensely aromatic white blossoms that draw the attention of everyone who walks by. IMHO, well worth the effort and expense.
It too has a mild case of fungus on the very bottom leaves, something I plan to eliminate soon by giving it a single spraying of copper sulfate, ( on both sides of the leaves as well as the trunk ). Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart all sell the plastic jugs of sulfate as well as the spray bottle that screws onto the garden hose. In your case three sprayings may be needed, each one two weeks apart.
My best advice, not an expert, - perhaps other contributors may have a different solution. Good luck !

This post was edited by jofus on Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 8:35

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:29AM
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The lichens on the bark are harmless so don't worry about them. With Florida's humidity compounded by the wet summer, fungus is inevitable on the leaves of many plants. It shouldn't kill the tree.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:35AM
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