Leaves falling off my cold hearty Magnolia

Asked June 1, 2016, 12:23 PM EDT

I have a full grown cold hearty Magnolia here in New Jersey. This Spring it seems as though there is an abundance of yellow leaves appearing and falling off? Is this a good time to fertilize with Holly Tone? Thank you

Camden County New Jersey

1 Response

Magnolia (and hollies) drop old leaves in the spring (not the fall like decidious trees do.) These are old leaves, that were new about 3-4 years ago. If that year was a particularly good one for new growth, the tree would have produced a lot of leaves that year. So, when it comes time to drop them, a larger number of leaves drop that other years. All normal.