My Dwarf Southern Magnolia is looking very rough after this winter. Leaves seem to be mostly browning out, Some leaves are still green. Anything I can do for it to help recover?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hi, Raymond: Here in Kentucky, we experienced extremely low temperatures this winter which resulted in a lot of winter damage to broadleaf evergreens like your Southern Magnolia. The good news is that the damage does not extend beyond that of the foliage. The air and soil temperatures are finally warming up and your tree will begin to put on new growth. The burned foliage will eventually drop off and will be replaced with lush green foliage. Evergreens are more susceptible to winter burn if they go into winter without sufficient moisture; this is true for even established plantings. So, nothing to do for now but be patient and mulch around the base of the tree if needed. I hope this is helpful.