When to prune a mature Magnolia Tree ?

Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

I need advice about a very large and mature Magnolia that has only ever had lower branches pruned for lawn mower access. Now the leaves are falling it is obvious that some recent growth is crossing over and needs removing. When should this be done? I tend to think after flowering, but this last year it has had a second flush of flowers that were really appreciated.  

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,687

    RHS has lots of advice here http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=599

    Definitely only light pruning or watershoots result, and prune in late summer early autumn.

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  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Thanks Dove, I posted because each time I tried RHS websites they crashed. Old steam fired thing I run. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,687

    Can you get there from that link - if not I'll try to cut and paste the relevant bits image

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  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    For Bobloes to read. image

     

    Thanks Dove I did get to read it. image

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