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How far away from the house should I plant a magnolia tree?

Last Updated: 9th March, 2020

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Trees provide optimum shade when planted at least 20 feet from the home and at the southwest corner. However, plant the magnolia tree no closer than half its spread at maturity.

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Thereof, where is the best place to plant a magnolia tree?

Magnolias prefer a spot in the garden that receives full sun to light shade. That said, if you live in a particularly warm or dry climate, your magnolia might benefit from a location shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

Subsequently, question is, how far from the house do you plant shrubs? Small shrubs should be planted at least 2 feet from a house foundation, medium shrubs about 3 feet and tall shrubs 4 to 5 feet away. An 8-foot shrub next to a six foot shrub should be spaced about 7 feet apart. Spacing plants in hedges is another matter.

Similarly, it is asked, how far do magnolia roots spread?

Magnolia Root System These trees can have a 40-foot spread and a trunk diameter of 36 inches.

How long are magnolia tree roots?

Wide-Spreading Roots of Big Magnolias Southern magnolia trees aren't rapid growers, adding no more than 12 inches each year. But they can grow up to 80 feet tall. Like many magnolia trees, their root system is wide and stretches out horizontally as much as four times the width of the tree canopy.

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Nuño Pastor

Professional

How fast growing is a magnolia tree?

Southern magnolias grow from 1 to 2 feet a year, reaching 60 to 80 feet tall with canopies spreading 30 to 50 feet wide. This is rated as a slow-to-medium rate of growth, but how fast a tree will grow varies with the cultivar and growing conditions.

Fouad Cichosz

Professional

How tall does a magnolia tree get?

Magnolias range from 8-foot multi-stemmed shrubby trees to specimens 70 feet tall, with a horizontal spread of 50 feet. Magnolias can be found to fit nearly every garden.

Raya Martinez De Alegria

Professional

How do you keep a magnolia tree 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.

Yaoyao Muñozo

Explainer

Can you keep magnolia trees in pots?

The first consideration when growing a magnolia in a container is the container itself. If you intend to keep your tree in a pot permanently, you'll want to plant your sapling in a pot that is several times larger than the tree's root ball. Even small magnolias want to grow large, so their roots need space.

Minka Ravasco

Explainer

How much is a magnolia tree?

Price: $119.99. The magnolia tree arrived when expected and is just as beautiful and healthy as the website picture shows.

Elisabet Vohberger

Explainer

What is the best fertilizer for magnolia trees?

Type of Fertilizer
Fertilizer labeled 12-4-8 contains 12 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphorous and 8 percent potassium. A 10-pound bag of this fertilizer would have 1.2 pounds of nitrogen. An appropriate fertilizer for a magnolia tree would be 12-4-8 or 20-5-10.

Bertino Magueta

Pundit

Do magnolia trees lose their leaves in winter?

Some magnolias are evergreen, but many are deciduous, meaning that they drop their leaves in autumn and conserve energy in winter by going dormant. Some are semi-deciduous.

Sukhjinder Gudarenko

Pundit

How do I care for a magnolia tree?

As part of your magnolia tree care, you'll need to water the trees to keep the soil around the base of the tree moist. It is especially important to keep young trees well-watered until they become established. Fertilize in spring when the flower buds begin to swell with a slow-release fertilizer.

Dagmara Saitua

Pundit

Can you cut the top off a 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).

Hiltrud Malicio

Pundit

Are magnolia roots deep?

Southern magnolia should be planted 2 in. (5cm) above the surrounding soil to encourage roots to grow straight downwards. The roots respond to planting depth, so if the roots are planted too deep, they will grow towards the soil surface or laterally, and few roots will grow straight downwards.

Pariksit Camarinha

Pundit

What can I plant near a magnolia tree?

Magnolia Companion Plants: What Grows Good With Magnolia Trees
  • Magnolias have a large canopy that dominates the landscape.
  • Camellias are lovely shrubs with flowers that echo the shape and texture of magnolia flowers, but in a smaller size and wider range of colors.
  • Bulbs make ideal magnolia tree companions.

Danut Pasoldt

Teacher

Are crape myrtle roots invasive?

Are Crepe Myrtle Roots Invasive? In fact, the entire crepe myrtle root system is shallow and fibrous, spreading out horizontally up to three times as far as the canopy is wide. On the other hand, it is wise to keep all trees at least 5 to 10 feet away from walkways and foundations.

Grazyna De Lema

Teacher

Can you cut magnolia roots?

Using a knife or pruner sterilized in denatured alcohol, cut 6- to 8-inch growing tips of branches as cuttings. Place the cuttings in water as you take them. When you get all you need, remove all but the upper leaves of each cutting, then make a 2-inch vertical slice in the stem end.

Gilmar Lazareno

Teacher

How do you kill a magnolia tree?

Make a cut with your chainsaw on the fall side of the trunk (the direction the tree will fall). Cut the trunk at knee level. Cut at a 45-degree angle no more than a third of the way into the tree trunk. Make a horizontal cut 3 inches below the previous cut so it meets the first cut, creating a point.

Amra Wasserle

Teacher

Are magnolias messy?

Yep, your northern friends would turn greener than those magnolia leaves. The ground is littered with piles of leathery leaves and the woody cone-like flower cores that drop all year long. That elegant tree is mighty messy.

Fazal Lujan

Reviewer

How do I know what kind of magnolia tree I have?

Note the size of the leaves on some Magnolia trees. They can grow to be 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. They are a dark, glossy green on the topside, and the underside displays lighter, subtler colors. The leaves are alternating, with short stems and wavy edges.

Yunying Loring

Reviewer

Does magnolia little gem have invasive roots?

The Little Gem magnolia grows approximately 1 to 2 feet per year. Planting several of the trees forms a dense hedge. It does not transplant well once established because it grows a wide root system that often extends up to four times the width of the tree's canopy. The Little Gem does suffer from root girdling.

Naima Nieblas

Reviewer

How do I plant shrubs next to my house?

Generally, shrubs should be planted at least half the distance of their mature spread from your home's foundation. For example, if your shrub grows to 15 feet wide, place it at least 7 to 8 feet from your house.

Nayeli Favorsky

Reviewer

What trees can be planted close to the house?

These include willow trees, poplars, cottonwoods, aspens, silver maples, Norway maples, and American elm trees, among others. Smaller trees with shallow roots, however, pose little risk to your home. Japanese maple trees, for instance, are safe to plant relatively close to your house.