[gardeners] Magnolia soulangeana problems continued

Dan Dixon (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 03 Jul 2002 11:11:54 -0500

Back in May I asked about a Magnolia soulangeana that budded out with small
sickly leaves and then started to die back. Never did conclusively find the
cause,  but the thing eventually died back to the ground. I'm guessing an
early warm period followed by extended hard freeze damaged it. Anyway, after
I cut it back to the ground, it resprouted about six or seven saplings
around the base of the stump (about a 3" caliper) just below ground level.
The biggest is now about 30 inches tall. I was thinking about trying to let
one grow by removing all but a couple now, then selecting the strongest one
later when it's bigger. If this will work then I'll quit looking for a
replacement -- the tree has a unique yellow bloom that's hard to find around
here. Or are the saplings doomed because they're suckers?


Dan Dixon