Trees and Shrubs forum: Tulip Magnolia needs trimming

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 24, 2013 6:28 PM CST
Or not? I suck at trimming trees and I am afraid to butcher it and have it's looks suffer for life. Any hints on how to shape this 7 foot tree? Do I trim the lower branches to be less bushy? Or do I leave many branches so that it blooms nicely in the late winter? On a side, there are 3 odd flowers blooming on leafed branches. They usually bloom before it leafs out. I can't send a pic right now from the hospital but I will at a later time.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Jun 23, 2013 12:34 PM CST
Out of the hospital yet?
John
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 23, 2013 12:56 PM CST
Yessir! Thanks for asking, John. Dh came home last Thursday. Adjustment living in a wheelchair situation was, well, quite and adjustment but we're working it. I updated on the Sandbox thread. I forgot about my trimming question! Rolling on the floor laughing I am forgetful and preoccupied a lot lately! I do have magnolia pics. Lemme go look for them. :D
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Jun 30, 2013 9:37 PM CST
No rush, just looking to help out if the issue is still on the front burner.

Pruning can take a back seat to many more important things in life; there'll be time to take care of it.
John
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 1, 2013 6:55 AM CST

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Glad to hear you're back home Cheryl. Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) re-blooms a bit when it leafs out. Is this the tree you have?
Evan
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 1, 2013 10:05 AM CST
It's a shorter Tulip Magnolia. I was thinking about it yesterday. I need to take new pictures. Thanks for reminding me. Here are the pics of the late blooms on leaves.

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 2, 2013 10:38 AM CST

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Beautiful blooms. Thumbs up
Evan
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 2, 2013 6:36 PM CST
This is what I want the tree to look like next spring

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Is there a way to trim this one so it will look like that?? Any help would be appreciated. I am not good at trimming trees. There must be "rules" to follow? If somehow you could show me which branches to cut off, I would be so appreciative!

Here is the base of the tree:

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East View
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West View
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Back View showing more branches.

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