Why are the inner leaves of my new Magnolia brown? - Knowledgebase Question

Douglasville, Ge
Question by talongrywolf
June 30, 2010
Why are the inner leaves of my new magnolia brown? The tree was doing well until about 2 weeks ago.

It is the inner 2/3 of the tree...the outer ones are green still...

thank you!
Debra Saturday

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Broadleaf evergreens retain their leaves for 2-3 years but they do eventually drop them in favor of developing healthy new leaves. I suspect your magnolia is dropping the older leaves a little faster than usual because of transplant stress. It's trying to establish its roots as well as maintain good health. The obvious way to do this is to drop the older, less productive leaves so it can take advantage of the nutrients the newer leaves can supply. Give your magnolia the rest of the summer to adjust and establish and it should fill out and look great. Best wishes with your magnolia!

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