The Q&A Archives: Magnolia Grandiflora

Question: Last summer I planted Magnolia Grandiflora (about 4ft tall)in my fronyard. I live in Long Island, NY (South Shore) and this winter it was very windy and cold. All the leaves became brown spotted and eventually fell. Will it recover after the spring?

Answer: This past winter was very stressful on many plants, and a new plant that was not yet well established and fully rooted would have suffered tremendously -- especially the evergreens such as this. These particular trees do best in a spot that is sheltered from winter wind and where the soil is organic, acidic, and evenly moist yet well drained. Your zip code places you in zone 6 which is the cold end of the range for this tree -- thus making wind protection even more important -- and with it being planted in summer rather than early spring that would have shortened the time it had to become rooted before winter. At this point, all you can really do is wait and be very patient and see if it can releaf. I hope it survives!

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