Follow up to dying magnolia tree

Asked May 23, 2020, 1:12 PM EDT

If my magnolia tree has a fungal tree root rot will this remain in the ground after the tree is removed? Can I plant a new tree (magnolia or dogwood) in its place (correctly) and will it be okay?

Kalamazoo County Michigan

1 Response

First of all, I would suggest you try to bring your magnolia back to good health by making the adjustments I recommended. While Phytopthora root rot is common in our soils, the plants are more susceptible when they are weakened by environmental conditions or insect invasion. So, yes, if you choose to take the plant out, it would be wise to search for one that is less sensitive to fungal root rots or relocate the planting bed.