Sick Magnolia Tree
We have a large magnolia tree in our back yard. It is
currently droping leaves and has been doing this for several months. The
leaves turn yellow and fall off. Is the tree in trouble? Is the tree at
the end of its life cycle? Just for your information we live in MD. This
should allow you to find out what the weather condition where like for
thr tree during the past year?
Do you know the genus/species of your particular tree? There are some
magnolias which hold their leaves all winter and others which lose their
leaves in the fall.
I personally have a tree which should hold its leaves all winter ( a
southern magnolia) but due to the severity of the winters here over the last
two years (in Pennsylvania) , the tree has had to replace 2 canopy's worth
of leaves. Fortunately the canopy is the size of a basketball, so the loss
is not great.
The southern magnolias which appear to be 'evergreen' do in fact over a
period of time replace a fraction of the canopy each year. This is similar
to white pine trees, for example, which shed some of their needles in the
fall of each year.
Thanks for using NEWTON!
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
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Update: June 2012