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Magnolia pruning

owd potterowd potter Posts: 968
We have a magnificent mature magnolia (please excuse alliteration)

I do not wish to cut the top growth of this tree at all, but would like to tidy it up at the base by trimming off the lower shoots, and maybe cutting back the old previously cut limb closer to the main trunk.

When would be the best time to prune off these shoots and cut back the larger branch?
I would not want to place this tree in any risk
Just another day at the plant...


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,855
    edited May 2021
    I'd leave it alone if it were mine. ( which I wish it were  ;) )
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,572
    You could trim them back in August to the trunk, but chances are they will regrow. I'd leave it be.
  • owd potterowd potter Posts: 968
    Fair enough,
    I suppose the lower shoots do help to screen my compost bins behind.
    Thanks folks
    Just another day at the plant...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,855
    I didn't even notice the compost bins, so YES, they do.  :D
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