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How to Prune a Sweetbay Magnolia.

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On the eastern seaboard, in the South, and as far west as Texas, the sweetbay magnolia ((Magnolia virginiana) is a native evergreen tree that grows to heights of. I have a Sweet Bay Magnolia that I purchased at a local natives nursery for very little money because the top had been been damaged. It was planted last fall. It is about 7 feet tall, and the top center trunk -- about 3 inches in diameter -- is clearly dead, as well as some of the branches that had been on the tree when I bought it, but it also.

When pruning a magnolia, it is advisable to begin by removing any dead, broken or sickly limbs from the tree, not just for aesthetic purposes but to improve overall health and well-being.

After this, limbs may be trimmed or removed to achieve a desired shape. One can do this by cutting the limb or shoot at its base using degree cuts whenever. May 25, Wait until the magnolia tree blooms for the first time. Depending on your climate and variety, this could be in spring or summer. The time after the first bloom is the only time you should do any significant pruning on your magnolia tree. Do not prune in winter or early spring, as the tree may not produce any blossoms the following year%.

sweetbay magnolia pruning. Kathy 8 years ago. I have a sweetbay magnolia planted August that looks like it has a poodle cut. The branches that go through the middle section have no leaves except on the end of the branches. There does appear to be leaf"nodes" but they never came out last year. Jul 07, Pruning Sweetbay Magnolia. In colder climates, the sweetbay magnolia tree is often pruned into a shrub-like appearance. Additionally, there's a chance that the tree will grow multiple trunks- choose the strongest one (often called the"central leader") and prune away the other lower branches continually until the desired shape is achieved.

Be sure not to prune the tree in this manor until it is at least two years old- younger trees typically cannot handle vigorous pruning.