Magnolia tree

Asked April 21, 2016, 12:17 PM EDT

What makes a Magnolia tree die It's quite old....maybe 40 years old Just noticed this year all leaves dead

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

If there is no growth and there is no green under the bark, the tree is dead. Without more information it is impossible to say why the tree died, however a good bet is the alternate warm and cold periods that we have experienced over the past few years which has stressed many of our plants. Your magnolia could be in a site that is exposed to cold drying wind. It could have had standing water around its roots. Trees commonly die due to multiple causes. There could have been groundhogs or voles digging under or around the tree. There could be lawnmower damage to the trunk. Once a plant is stressed, it tends to be more susceptible to insect and disease problems. vw