With dozens – if not hundreds – of varieties in nearly any shape, size, and bloom color you can dream up, Magnolias have good reason to be so popular! By far the most utilized in the Sacramento area are Little Gem Magnolias (Big shiny, decorative green leaves with white creamy blooms) and Saucer Magnolias (These are often the first to bloom in our area, welcoming Sacramentans into spring with with showy pink blossoms by February).
Magnolias will likely survive, but show stress, in severe drought and heat conditions. Trees should be getting a moderate and regular amount of water and aren’t considered to have low water needs.
Magnolias are usually best pruned after the spring growth season to have time to enjoy the showy flowers. As with any tree, pruning should be done in any season if a risk factor (broken limbs, house clearance, disease) is at play.
Magnolia trees can be susceptible to aphid, and subsequently scale, in some cases. If you’re seeing either of these pests in your tree, have an Arborist take a look and set up regular treatments if necessary.
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