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my magnolia looks dead

Posted by mckjab1 6 (My Page) on
Sun, May 20, 07 at 17:35

hi everyone, I havea magnolia tree for the last 3 years done great. but this year the temperature rose to 80 for over a month and then all of a sudden it dropped to below freezing and within 6 weeks all the leaves fell off, all the leaves have been gone for about 2 weeks and there is not sign of new growth. I do not what to dig it out if there is still a chance. can anyone help please?I tried to break off the tips of them to test it and they just napped off like they were dead? so how long should I wait? how long does it take for them to re grow leaves if they are going to and do you all think that it will grow?

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RE: my magnolia looks dead

It sounds like it could be dead. But i don't think one cold snap should have done it. It would kill the new growth and buds, but not the actual tree. You're probably going to have to wait and see.

RE: my magnolia looks dead

What kind of magnolia is it? Is it the kind that loses it's leaves in the winter (that is, deciduous)?

I agree that the weird weather alone should not have done it in, but if it is deciduous, that can set it back for a little while until new leaves can come out.

RE: my magnolia looks dead

Hang on for a while longer. If it has been in the ground and doing well for several years it will have a good root system. I have had magnolias die back to the ground several times, including after this springs' late frost (never large ones, thank goodness!) and they have always sent up new growth. The new stuff grows faster than the seedling did in the first place because it is already rooted in. They can grow pretty fast!

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