Asked by: Derly Lezdinyshhome and garden landscaping
Can you prune a magnolia tree?
Last Updated: 1st May, 2020
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Also asked, can I cut the top off my magnolia tree?
What Ron B is saying is that you can't top a Magnolia without causing damage! Magnolias are not trees that take pruning well. The tend to look really ugly after a major pruning and the rapid regrowth branch structure is just as unsightly and is weakly attached to the tree (not good in ice storms).
Additionally, can you prune a magnolia tree to keep it small? It is possible to keep it small but as you have discovered, its not that easy. Choose a shape and prune towards that goal. Try pruning to encourage sidewards growth and discourage upward growth. With a long term plan, you can keep your tree small and attractive and still have flowers.
Then, can you shape a magnolia tree?
A magnolia can and should be pruned under three different circumstances: When the tree is planted, weak limbs and those that hinder the shape of the tree should be removed, and overly long branches should be shortened to establish a good shape to the tree as it begins growing.
What is the best time of year to trim a magnolia tree?
Deciduous magnolias should be pruned between midsummer and early fall. Over pruning, even on a young tree, can cause stress.