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Shaping a Magnolia

I have just purchased and planted a new Magnolia Soulangea. It's about 6 ft tall and seems healthy. My eventual aim is to get a mature tree, I expect this one is about 5 years old and still "pre-pubescent" in shape. it has a lot of shoots coming from the bottom on the plant (some maybe from below the rootstock - does it have a roootstock?)

i want it to become some kind of tree shape, rather than shrub/bush shape

Any advixe please. i would give a photo but its pitch black outside

How does one convert it? 

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,504
    Some magnolias are grafted and you need to look carefully for a thickened area as shown here:
    Image result for spotting a tree graft

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,504
    Any shoots below that thickened scar can be removed. Magnolias do not like being pruned and any cutting you may do to a magnolia might lead to the growth of many fast growing, upright shoots known as water shoots. These need to be removed as soon as possible.
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  • ZeroZero1ZeroZero1 Posts: 576
    Here are a couple of pics of my magnolia - as you can see it is in good health but has a lot (too many?) of shoot coming from base
  • ZeroZero1ZeroZero1 Posts: 576
    As you can see Ladybird - my tree/shrub looks nothing like your pic and the rootstock is hard to indentify....any more advice please? 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,504
    I think you could remove the newish upright green shoots. by taking them off the old wood that they are growing from.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • ZeroZero1ZeroZero1 Posts: 576
    thanks - my thoughts too :)
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,504
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
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