magnolia tree - Knowledgebase Question

Lakeshore, Fl
Question by oneavefenix
October 5, 2009
I am planning to plant a magnolia tree at least 30 feet from my house. how much danger I am exposing my new roof with growing magnolia's roots systems or by tree falling from strong winds or huricanes?


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Answer from NGA
October 5, 2009

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Because magnolias are mostly evergreen (the canopy can act like a sail in the wind) and most are quite large at maturity, I'd suggest planting a dwarf such as 'Little Gem'. You'll still get the flowers and fragrance, and the look of a magnolia tree, but on a much smaller scale. Small trees are much less likely to cause damage during wind storms or hurricanes. Best wishes with your landscape!

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