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split bark on mature magnolia

Really concerned that the beautiful Magnolia in our garden is going to die . My husband pruned it last year as the branches had obscured any view from our upstairs bedroom window. Now the trunk has a huge 'gash along it and so do some of the branches . Its in blossom at the moment but one or two areas dont have very much on them . I am really hoping we havent killed it ! Is there anything we can do to help it ?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,145

    I'll bump this up for you rhiannon

    I know nothing of magnolias but it doesn't sound good to meimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,739

    I really don't think our last winter conditions were likely to cause Southwest injury 

    It may well be prevalent in Canada at the moment but we've had a mild winter. image

    However, the article Edd linked to does suggest other possible causes, 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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