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magnolia watershoots

We have a lovely mature spring flowering magnolia, it came with the house, but I really don't know very much about looking after it.  I was reading a thread from October about watershoots, and I've no idea what they are - can anyone enlighten me?


  • It will only produce 'watershoots' which are vertical, fast growing shoots, if you prune it hard.  In general, magnolias don't need to be pruned so no need to worry. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Oh dear, there are lots of long vertical shoots at the top of the tree, the lady who owned the property before us, kept the tree very compact, I've just let it grow.

    I'll need to put an extending ladder up between the branches to get at the shoots.  I think I'll need to ponder my next move.

    Thanks for the information Bob.

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