Ask a Question forum: Is my Magnolia tree dead?

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Name: Minnie Li
Bellevue, Washington (Zone 8b)
Apr 23, 2017 12:22 PM CST
Last summer, my mom purchased a Magnolia tree from California, then we had to move to Washington.
We brought the tree with us to Washington and gave it a little bit of water around once a week.
Whenever we felt that it was too cold, we moved the tree back inside so that it could be in warmer environment.
We gave it plenty of light, always keeping it by the window, and made sure that it got the air it needed.

One day, while my family was gone, it snowed.
We'd never seen snow before, and never had snow on our plants before.
We were shocked, as this never happened before.
We don't know how long the plant was in snow, maybe 3-4 hours? Layers of frost developed on the leaves and there was snow in the pot.

As of now, there are no leaves, the branches are all dead, and I'm not sure if the plant is still alive.
Some branches were a little white, with black spots on them.
I cut off little pieces of the bark and we just found even more brown wood.
Some of the roots came up above the soil.
I dug a little in the soil, and most of the little roots detached from the thicker roots.
The roots are still attached to the tree and are yellow. I don't know if they're dead or something?

Can you tell me if my Magnolia tree is dead or not?
Also, could you tell me what type of Magnolia tree it is?

Thank you so much!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 23, 2017 2:49 PM CST

Sorry, but I do think your tree is dead. It would be hard to tell what kind of Magnolia without leaves and flowers. Do you have any old photographs you can share?
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Apr 23, 2017 2:52 PM CST
Scratch the bark off from one of the branches and see if it is green. Maybe hope but it looks like a goner to me Thumbs down
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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