magtreeWhen people think of Magnolias, they typically think of the south.  But Magnolias can grow successfully in a wide range of states.  Just follow these helpful planting recommendations and enjoy your magnificent new tree.

Location:  Choose a location away from cement sidewalks or driveways so that they are not disturbed by the rapid root growth of the Magnolia.  If possible, pick a spot on the north side of the yard with a safe distance from the house.  This will enable the maximum exposure to the sun resulting in more blossoms.

Planting Instructions:

  1. Choose a site that is rich in organic matter and drains well.   If desired, you can add compost into the planting hole and mix with soil.   A slightly acidic soil is best.

  1. Carefully examine the root system cutting off any roots that are growing in a circular pattern before planting.

  2. Dig the hole twice as large as the root ball of the tree.

  3. Place the tree in the ground and mix the soil with the compost.

  4. Water the area adding root stabilizer as you water.

  5. Apply some mulch after planting to moderate soil temperatures and moisture conditions.


Water the Magnolia frequently during the root system’s early development, then periodically as necessary.  Water just beyond the branch line, to reach the full extent of the roots.

Fertilization:  Because Magnolias are susceptible to salt damage from overfertilizing, limit fertilizer application to iron chelates only as a treatment for chlorosis.  You can feed your tree if new growth is noticeably slow with a controlled-release product.

Pruning:  Prune your Magnolia at the first sign of any dead leaves, branches or flowers. Deciduous magnolia trees should be pruned right after bloom.  Prune Evergreen Magnolias, right before spring.  When pruning, remove the branch down to its base. Prune your tree to maintain the required shape as well as to keep the rapid growth of branches under control.  Prune the lower branches as necessary as the tree grows.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPests:  The most common problem for Magnolias is Chlorosis.  Inspect the Magnolia and be watchful for yellow leaves with green veins.  Treat the condition by adding iron to the soil.


  • Be careful not to overfertilize your Magnolia because the tree is susceptible to salt damage.  If leaves begin to exhibit burned edges, discontinue fertilizing and drain the soil with good irrigation.

  • Don’t crowd out your Magnolia.  They tend to look their best when they stand alone.

  • Avoid digging around the roots of the Magnolia which can damage your tree.