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Re: Southern Magnolia Questions
Posted by JD in PA on 6/24/2017, 3:59 pm, in reply to "Southern Magnolia Questions"
I used to have a M. grandiflora 'Maryland' which is supposed to be a grandiflora X virginiana cross. One year it died back and regrew fast and spindly the following year. The leaves stayed very soft and pale, never got leathery/stiff/darker green like they should be and was damaged again the following not so harsh winter. Think it's what they call watersprouts. Not sure how you get it back to slower more sturdy growth. I eventually cut out the tree as it just didn't do well. Had a Sabal minor that bloomed every year and no dieback even without protection nearby so not sure the cold was just it. Seemed to just get into a cycle of weak growth after the first hard winter.
Your Victoria looks very healthy. Nice looking tree even missing blooms. As I understand they like to grow in nature on a forest margin. When I tried one on the east side of a porch shaded from the south by a tree, it did bloom, just not profusely, but mine didn't look nearly as lush with foliage. I'd be torn myself whether to try to move to more sun or not.
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