How to Prune a Magnolia Tulip Bush

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Magnolia trees sometimes go by a different name -- tulip trees. Learn how to prune a Magnolia tulip bush with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. Today, we're going to learn how to prune magnolia trees sometimes known as tulip trees. The first thing to know about pruning magnolias is they don't like to be pruned. So do as little as possible. Looking at this tree I could just jump right in and start cutting deadwood but I want to show you what needs to be done the most. The first thing I'm going to look for is dead material like this. See it broke right off in my hand but as I'm looking at this I'm seeing a little more deadwood that I need to take out. In fact I think I need to take this whole stem out as well as this one. So go for the deadwood first. You may be able to get it with a pair of loppers if you've got strong arms but I prefer to use a pruning saw. It may take a little longer but you don't need as much muscle. So I'm going to look at this deadwood and follow it all the way down to the bottom and check to make sure there's no live growth on it and there isn't and start cutting. I want to try and get it out of here without breaking anything else off but I'm not done yet. I see that this one is dead too. It's got some live growth down here at the bottom and there's a couple little leaves down there so I'm going to cut right above this live growth. And out it comes. By evaluating it first and looking closely I save myself a lot of cuts but there are still a few more that need to be made. I see a dead branch here, a broken one here. These branches right here are crossing over each other and trying to occupy the same space at the same time. I'm going to choose the least desirable branch and cut it out. That leaves room for all the rest. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah and we've been pruning magnolias.


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