Magnolia Tree Problems - FAQ
Beautiful as these legendary specimens may be, magnolia tree problems are legion. In fact magnolias are right up there with ornamental pears in the problem department. More concerned readers write in to me with questions about these flowering trees than about any other. This FAQ provides a sampling of those questions (with links to the corresponding answers).
My Magnolia Tree Has Buds, but They Do Not Open. Why?
Why Did Magnolia Tree Leaves Get Black Spots?
How Do You Care for a Potted Magnolia Tree?
My Southern Magnolia Has Yellow Leaves. What's the Source of the Problem?
This reader had a question on a southern magnolia tree that had yellow leaves. Sometimes, when the foliage of these trees experiences yellowing, it is a prelude to natural shedding.
I Have Bumps on a Star Magnolia Tree. Is That a Disease?
I Found Scale Bugs on My Magnolia Tree. How Do I Get Rid of Them?
I Have Brown Leaves on My Magnolia Trees. Is That Normal?
Magnolia trees (deciduous types) will naturally develop browning leaves in fall and drop them. More generally, brown leaves on trees could be the result of drying winds.
Dead Limbs on Magnolia Trees
You have dead limbs on your magnolia trees. So is it safe to prune the dead limbs off the magnolia trees, and where do you stop the pruning?
There Is Black Stuff and Ants All Over My Magnolia Tree. What's the Problem?
When Do You Prune a Magnolia Tree?
Should I Fertilize My Magnolias With Coffee Grounds?