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The magnolia tree, a magnificent addition to any garden’s ornamental landscape, is undoubtedly one of its most striking features. It is also easy to maintain. It’s hard to resist the magnolia blossom’s stunning forms and intoxicating scent. However, the tree is sturdy and beautiful. The magnolia’s dense, waxy foliage creates a contrast to the beautiful blooms and shelters migratory birds. These fall-borne seeds cones are bursting with bright red magnolia seeds, which seasonal visitors eat.

You don’t have to be a skeptic if you want one. Although most of the species prefer subtropical and tropical climates, a variety of cultivars can be adapted to almost every zone. There are magnolia trees for every type of landscape, from small shrubs to large dwarf trees to tall trees up to 100 feet in height.

Planting a Magnolia Tree

It is easy to plant a magnolia. After you have decided which type will be most successful on your property, it is time to get digging. Choose a spot that is in full sun or partial sun in hotter areas. Magnolias are not happy to be crowded and can’t be moved once they have established themselves. Do not plant any other plants below them, including grass. The leaves will fall on anything that isn’t necessary and will smother everything beneath them. However, if the leaves are left to decompose, they will still provide vital nutrients for the magnolia. You can either choose a spot with rich, moist, well-drained soil that is rich, neutral, or slightly acidic or amend it to do so. Remember that deciduous magnolias are best planted in the early spring when they are dormant.


Once you have chosen the location for planting, dig a hole that is at least 1.5x the size of your specimen’s root ball/bund. Dig slightly deeper. The soil layer covering the tree’s top should be removed. This root should be at the same level as the ground surrounding the hole. The planting hole should be filled halfway with soil. Make sure that the tree is straight. The half-full hole should be filled with water. Let it drain and then fill with soil. Make sure that the top root is not covered. Cover with a few inches of mulch. 

Care for a Magnolia Tree

Magnolias can be carefree if they are planted in the right climate and location. They are pest and disease-resistant and require only minimal maintenance. They are not good at repairing the damage. Magnolia wounds can take a while to heal. It is possible to cause irreversible damage to the roots or trunk by over-pruning. It is important not to underplant your tree. Digging among the roots or accidental nicks made by lawnmowers and weed trimmers can cause irreversible damage. Regular pruning should be kept to a minimum and done only after the tree has flowered. Otherwise, only trim damaged branches or limbs as needed.


You can make magnolia trees the star of your garden for life with just a little bit of planning and maintenance.

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