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Good evening.

I need some advice. I have lived in this house for 6 years, their is a beautiful magnolia tree, which when blooms has stunning pink goblet flowers. Height is maybe 30 feet tall. approx 3 feet from the magnolia is an old apple tree, which is in the shade of the magnolia. Produce from the  apple tree is minimal to say the least, I think the best solution is to cut down the apple  tree and buy a smaller patio type which i could TRY to grow into a cordon.

Any advice greatly appreciated.


  • I agree goldfinch2 - the apple will never do well planted that close to a mature Magnolia.  I guess whoever planted them didn't realise just how big some Magnolias can grow - a common oversight.  Modern grafted Magnolias are much more well behaved.  I grow a number of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing rootstock and they are very productive - there's a huge range of 'patio' fruit trees these days so you should be able to find something which will suit whichever way you wish to grow one.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thankyou  for the advice BobtheGardener,I  do feel guilty about cutting down an old apple tree, but i will just have to do it.

    i have decided to get some  patio apple trees, maybe a pear tree also, not sure of cherries, i dont think they would do much-here in Manchester, uk.  


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