Magnolia bark

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  1. mdepell

    mdepell New Member

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    My magnolia has bark that has peeled away following the winter. Not sure if winter is cause or something else. It runs about 8 inches up from the soil line. Any suggestions ??

    Magnolia liliiflora
     

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  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Oh my, it looks like all the bark has been stripped by a rodent or something. I don't think a tree would survive that.
     
  3. mdepell

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    Any advice on what to do now ??
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    From my poor view, it looks like the bark has been chewed off all the way around the tree by a varmint that doesn't climb. I can't imagine a tree surviving after that. It would need to be replaced and apparently protected from critters until established and thriving.

    I see a flower bud at the top of the photo. I suppose I would let the tree stay long enough to let any flowers open, before replacing it.
     
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    Yes. Lots of buds but they have been there a while and nothing opening up. Trying to figure out if it’s hopeless and I need to replace ASAP or if there is any hope ?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Do the twigs have any flexibility or are they dried out?
     
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    Yes they still do
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, I suppose wait another week or two to see if the buds do anything. If not, then it is definitely a goner.
     
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    My thoughts too. Buds have been there forever but nothing blooming. Scratch test show green under bark higher up, so I know it’s reaching branches but not sure if that will last based on foundation at the bottom !
     

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