Japense Magnolia - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by hughesmarcia
October 7, 2010
Planted two Japenese Magnolias on the north side of home. They are not doing well, no new leaves, nothing is going on. Trees are not dead. Do they need to be moved??

Answer from NGA
October 7, 2010
Japanese, or saucer magnolia trees generally develop well spaced limbs and the canopies are rather thin unless you prune them to encourage lots of new growth. Wait until after they have finished flowering and prune them back by several inches. Everywhere you make a pruning cut you'll get two new branches instead of one. Annual pruning will help them to fill out a bit. These trees grow best in full sunshine but will tolerate only 4-6 hours of sunshine. If they get less than that in their current homes, you might consider moving them. Fall and winter are good times to transplant trees. Good luck with your magnolias.

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