Sick Magnolia
I have a magnolia tree that has been in front of our house since before we moved in 37 years ago. It is a much beloved tree. I am in zone 6. Last summer I noticed that it was dropping its leaves very early, and some branches looked dead. This spring, instead of the impressive bloom it usually has, it only had about 15 blossoms. And, they did not last long or look very good. Now it barely has any leaves. It does not appear to be being attacked by insects, at least I see none. Any ideas? Jean
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Hi, Jean. I've just posted a response to the second question you submitted. The excavation you mentioned seemed to point to a probable cause. The symptoms you describe--early leaf drop, few blooms, dead branches and small leaves--are typical for trees that have experienced a substantial root or trunk injury. I suggested a number of ways you can aid the tree. You might also contact an ISA Certified Arborist (find one near you at to see if he or she'd be willing to come out and take a look.

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