How to Take Care of a Magnolia Tree


Magnolia trees are one of the easiest trees to care for. In fact, according to the Magnolia Society International, once they are properly established, they require minimal care. Magnolias are sometimes susceptible to leaf spots, scabs and blights, but rarely does it ever cause a problem. However, like most trees, magnolias need some care in order to thrive to their fullest potential.

Step 1

Mulch around the base of the magnolia tree. This will help maintain water and soil temperatures.

Step 2

Consider allowing the lower limbs to grow and droop to the ground, especially with a Southern Magnolia. This will hide fallen leaves which can freely decompose for extra nutrients. On the other hand, you can prune off the lowest limbs, so you can mow beneath the tree, if desired.

Step 3

Prune after flowering, if necessary. If you plan to shape your tree a certain way, then do so when it is young (still after flowering) since older magnolias do not heal as well after pruning.

Step 4

Cut off any roots that begin to circle the trunk.

Step 5

Water only if you are experiencing a drought. Otherwise, you should not need to water your tree. Fertilizer is not needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears


  • Magnolia Society International
  • Clemson University
Keywords: prune magnolia tree, southern magnolia care, mulch magnolia

About this Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.