Little Gem Magnolia Root Structure - Knowledgebase Question

Richland Hills, tx
Question by luanarae
January 30, 2006
1. What type of root structure does it have - I want to plant close to a pavestone sidewalk but don't want roots to disrupt the patio.

2. I have heard that Magnolias put out a toxin that prevents anything else from growing close to it?

I already have the tree, but must know these answers before selecting a site for the tree. Thanks for your speedy response.

Luana Taylor

Answer from NGA
January 30, 2006



Roots of Magnolia can be rising above the soil surface at it ages over time. However Little Gem has a more limited root sytem and thus would not be a problem as far out from the plant as standard types of southern magnolia. If the patio was about 6 feet from the trunk it should be fine. Plus it takes many years for any roots to become very large and your landscape design may adjust as time goes on. I am not aware of Magnolia producing root toxins but their dense shade is a challenge for most plant. Monkeygrass seems to do okay beneath the outer canopy however.

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