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Posted: Mar/25/2009 1:50 PM PST
I need advice about pruning my saucer magnolia. I have checked the internet and am a little afraid as some suggest leaving it alone because it may not tolerate pruning. My best guess for the age of the tree is about 15-20 years. The problem is it has been either broken or cut many times it actually has a cluster of "main trunks" each about 9"-10" in diameter. Now it is growing many "shoots" that are rubbing against and damaging the old growth. Some of these shoots are 10' or longer. The bark seems to be quite delicate. Do I prune? How much do I prune? When? It is in full bloom right now and magnificent this year. I'm between the proverbial rock and hard place as I will be upset if I damage it. Any advice/website recommendations are appreciated.
Location: Westlake, La
Posted: Mar/25/2009 2:12 PM PST
Your photos didn't come through.
Posted: Mar/25/2009 2:51 PM PST
Pruning after this year's blooms are finished is the best way to ensure that you don't affect next year's blooms.
Here are some pruning links (watch out for spaces in the URL, sometimes they get inserted by accident):
This one has very good pictures:
I like the picture of the thinned shrub on this one, good example of thinning (some consider this type of magnolia to be a shrub):