Magnolia growth

mister_potato_head(VT 5a)July 22, 2014

About twelve years ago I planted a magnolia in the morning shade of a large red maple. The magnolia has grown from a whip to a nice sized tree of twelve feet tall. However, the shaded side has not filled in well, and the tree looks imbalanced.

The maple has been removed by the power company, and now the mag gets all day sun. Can I expect it to fill in the measly growth on that side? I'll likely prune it late next winter to balance it somewhat. Thanks.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

now being in full sun .... i think you will be pleasantly surprised at how fast it reacts.. in tree years.. mind you ...

plus... it might actually get some of the water .. the tree has been out competeing it for ...

i might give it a season or two.. to sort itself out.. and then start shaping it ...

unless you care to post a pic.. and get some pertinent advice ...

ken

ps: i dont know when the maple was removed.. but if very recent.. dont be surprised if shade leaves burn to a crisp and fall off in full sun ...

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:07AM
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smivies

Yes, it will fill in over the next 2-5 years.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:53AM
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mister_potato_head(VT 5a)

Thank you both for your quick reply. As you can see in the photo, the right side of the magnolia is more thinly branched than the left side.

Also, on the ground behind it, are the logs from the maple. It was cut yesterday, and was aprox. sixty feet tall. There was an ash tree to the left of the maple, which was also removed yesterday, but not pictured. I've been here forty two years, and both maple and ash were mature trees back then. It was like loosing two very old friends. Our ash trees here in Vermont, are in jeopardy of being lost to a borer and a disease. Which is why we asked to have them removed. The maple has many babies growing on my property, so I have that to look forward to, along with hundreds of sugar maples.

I'm glad to hear your opinion that it will eventually fill in.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:40PM
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mister_potato_head(VT 5a)

Another view from the opposite side.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:41PM
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mister_potato_head(VT 5a)

And a shot of the flowers, from this past May. I've long forgotten the named variety of this magnolia, but it sure is hardy, and pretty.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:45PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Likely to be 'Leonard Messel'. Don't cut off one half because the other is missing, that would be like cutting off a finger because you lost a thumb.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 1:28PM
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mister_potato_head(VT 5a)

Thanks bboy for the name. It could very well be, as I do recall it was named after a man. I'll look into it.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 4:14PM
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joeinmo 6b-7a

Looks like a Tulip Tree, rather than a true Magnolia. Magnolia keep leaves all year.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 7:44PM
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joeinmo 6b-7a

Looks like a Tulip Tree, rather than a true Magnolia. Magnolia keep leaves all year.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 7:46PM
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poaky1

There are several deciduous Mags, as well as evergreen.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 11:42PM
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