The Q&A Archives: About Evergreen Magnolia's

Question: I am looking for a fast growing evergreen shade tree. I live in zone 6. Is the evergreen magnolia green all year in my zone? Are these trees appropriate for planting along the street in a residential area? Are there any problems with limb breakage, pests or diseases? Any other pertinent information, including an alternate suggestion if this is not recommended for lining a street or has any problems, that you can provide would be helpful.

Answer: This tree is considered hardy to between 0 and minus 10 degrees and grows best in a sunny location in soil that is acid, humusy and evenly moist yet well drained. It grows about 20 to 25 feet wide and begins branching low to the ground, so it would not generally be considered suitable for use along the street by the curb. A restricted root area would also be somewhat stressful for it. Finally, it is also a slow growing tree, so I do not think it would meet your criteria very well. As part of your research process, I would suggest you contact your county extension, professionally trained nursery staff, and/or shade tree commission for help in identifying the most suitable trees and then make your personal choice from among those. Good luck with your tree planting!

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