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Do Little Gem magnolia trees lose their leaves?

Foliage of 'Little Gem' Southern Magnolia. The five to 8-inch-long, leathery, oblong, shiny leaves are shed as new foliage emerges in the spring. The large, slowly-decomposing leaves drop on the sidewalk or patio and are considered by some people to be messy or a nuisance to clean up.

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Hereof, why is my little gem magnolia losing leaves?

A: It takes a lot of energy for trees and shrubs to flower which often causes the plant to drop some of its leaves. Magnolias are notorious for leaf drop just before flowering. Compacted soil limits the amount of oxygen to the root area and can cause serious problems for trees and shrubs.

One may also ask, how long do magnolia trees drop leaves? If you can't abide leaf drop, this isn't the magnolia for you, because the leaves of M. grandiflora drop 365 days a year.

Hereof, do Southern magnolia trees lose their leaves?

Even though Southern Magnolias are evergreens, in spring, new leaves push off the old leaves - but not all at once. Most deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall, but Southern Magnolias will drop the older leaves in the spring - every spring.

How often should I water my little gem magnolia?

If your soil is a moist peat, "Little Gem" magnolias will do well in full sun and hot conditions, while trees planted in dry soil will fare better in partial shade. All magnolias need daily watering after planting and weekly supplemental watering for the first couple of seasons.

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