I have moved my magnolia?
recently had a large magnolia tree (stardia), 3.5 m high by about
3 m wide moved. We had sold off the land the tree was on but wanted
to keep it as we planted it 23 years ago. I had a tree man in to
move it. He did tell me that it was the wrong time of year to move
this. However it seemed OK for about 3 weeks. Now it has lost a
lot of leaves and some have gone brown. I gave it a huge trim and
it seems to have stopped losing and going brown. The chap who moved
it has now gone overseas on holiday for about a month. So can't
check with him. Do you think it wil survive? I have another magnolia
(stellata) if this one does die to put in its place. It's about
4 m high but not so wide. When is the correct time of year to do
this just in case I have to?
Antill, landscaping lecturer at UNITEC, says this:
A tree sheds leaves to
reduce loss of water if it comes into water stress. This can happen
because of drought, or because of root damage. When a tree is transplanted,
root damage is inevitable. If the damage is slight, you may not
notice any symptoms at all. If it loses all its roots, it will of
course die of dehydration before it can grow new ones.
In between (such as your
case), it may shed all its leaves, but grow more when it has extended
enough new roots to supply enough water. From what you say, I reckon
it's a raffle! Just wait and see. Make sure the ground is just nicely
moist: WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T DROWN IT!! If the bark on the youngest
twigs begins to shrivel, I'd say it's all over. You should know
As to shifting the stellata,
any deciduous tree should be shifted in winter, when it's dormant,
after its last leaves have dropped. That way it has maximum time
to re-establish its roots before the spring demand comes on.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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