Hello, Would someone help! I am in desperate help for my magnolia tree. Last year, my husband gave me a Magnolia Lennei tree as a birthday present. The tree was over 5ft tall, thick (1/2" to 3/4" diameter) branches, with lots of leaves. II was looking forward so much for the spring flowers. But spring came and went without any flower ... and any leaves! I finally got enough courage to test those branches and discovered that most are dead dried. So, I gather more courage and cut back most of these branches, when I noticed that there are new shoots comming up from the bottom of the main trunck and branches. My questions are: 1. What went wrong? 2. Are these new shoots any good? 3. Should I cut off some of these shoots (there are about 12) to encourage a few to get bigger, faster? 4. What can I do this year to prevent the same thing from happening? I live just north of Toronto in Markham. I think I am in zone 5. I am willing to try any thing to save this tree, since it's a birthday present Thank-you for any help you can give. l.a.