I have a young magnolia tree (4') to plant in my front yard. How close to a newly cut Camelia stump is too close? Thank you!
Multnomah County Oregon
I am wondering why the camellia was cut down. Please fill me in on the following details:
Hello! The Camellia is still alive and (seemingly) well, a 9' x 7' behemoth. The yard is small and in it's current form it will block all the light for baby tree. I've read that trees should be planted 6-8 feet away from a stump at a min but that would put it too close to a utility line.
Oh yes! Although I don't look forward to cutting down ANY plants, we desperately need the shade from a large tree. The plan is to cut down the Camellia (solace: there are two more in the backyard), to allow sunshine to get to the baby tree. In it's current form it blocks out nearly all the available sunshine in the space we have to plant it.
Hi Jean! I attached an image of the front yard to help, and I also want to thank you for all your time with this question.
Before we an go any further, please send the name of the magnolia which is on the white tag attached to the tree.
Thank you so much for the information Jean! After reading through it all (and watching a video with a caterpillar-obsessed entomologist), I'm wondering if I should instead look into pruning the camellia into a tree as you suggested, and find a smaller, native tree to provide the shade. I am sure I can find a neighbor interested in providing the space the Magnolia really needs.
Thank you again for all your help!