Re: Damaged Magnolia Tree

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Posted by Newt on July 01, 2003 at 17:42:19:

In Reply to: Damaged Magnolia Tree posted by Lisa on June 29, 2003 at 19:24:20:

: I know it wasn't smart, but I "saved" a damaged magnolia tree It has leaves on one side, but just baby starts of limbs on the other. How can I get the tree to even out? Can I tip the limbs on the growing side, giving the other side a chance to balance out?

Hi Lisa,
Good for you! I realize that sometimes it's a lost cause, but it's certainly worth a try. You won't be able to make the short limbs grow by cutting back the larger ones, but eliminating some of the older branches might help give the tree some balance while the shorter ones grow out. Your rescue project will probably take 3 or 4 years before you see your tree the way you want it, but you may be well rewarded if you are patient. Also, most trees have a 'face' where one side is nicer than the rest. You might want to place your tree with it's prettier face where it will be observed the most. Here's some sites that show how to prune.

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-4.pdf
http://www.gilmour.com/images/pruning.pdf

Best of luck,
Newt

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