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Name: Dave
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Nhra_20
May 8, 2018 9:20 AM CST
I have a Butterfly Magnolia tree in my front yard. Last year it started growing a new trunk fromthe ground. This spring, the new trunk is budding, but not the original trunk. Tried bending a small twig on the original trunk and it just snapped.

So do I cut the old original trunk off? Let it go for a season? What would have caused this to happen?
Thanks everyone!
Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
May 8, 2018 2:33 PM CST
Yep. Get rid of the old dead trunk. You will now probably have a more vigorous tree from the new one. I've seen this happen with several trees of my own.
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
May 8, 2018 4:47 PM CST
Wait a few weeks and see if anything happens. Maybe that one small twig was an anomaly. It is common for young sprouts to green up earlier than older parts of woody plants. It is likely that your Butterfly magnolia was grafted, and if the sprout originates from below the graft, you won't have the same tree.
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses Ferns
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quercusnut
May 8, 2018 5:15 PM CST
Leftwood said:. It is likely that your Butterfly magnolia was grafted, and if the sprout originates from below the graft, you won't have the same tree.


Good call. I didn't even think about that. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 9, 2018 5:15 AM CST
Thank you Rick and Kyle. I didn't even think about it being a grafted tree. That's a bummer if it's not the same tree though.
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses Ferns
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quercusnut
May 9, 2018 5:32 AM CST
Yea. But if the Butterfly is dead you could give the understock a chance. It might turn out to be a beautiful tree. I have Japanese maple I bought as Crimson Queen. The CQ part died but the understock is turning out to be beautiful and I love it.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Region: Wisconsin Hummingbirder Birds Irises Peonies Bulbs
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Nhra_20
May 9, 2018 7:13 AM CST
I'm going to let it grow. Hopefully it will be decent. Only time will tell. It should bloom in a week or so

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