Care of Magnolia Shrubs

Updated July 19, 2017

Magnolias can be a stunning addition to a home landscape. The smaller shrub varieties take up less space than their tree cousins, without sacrificing anything in the way of visual appeal. Magnolias are very simple to grow and require little maintenance.

Mulch the magnolia to help prevent weed growth around the base of the tree. This will also help maintain moisture in the soil. The magnolia should not need additional watering other than regular rainfall. Newly-planted magnolias should receive supplemental watering for the first year. Make sure the soil around the plant does not dry out.

Clean fallen leaves from the base of the shrub to prevent excessive build-up.

Do not prune your magnolia unless you notice a section that is dead or diseased. Branches can sometimes bend or break under heavy snowfall. If you must prune the magnolia to maintain a smaller size, prune only new growth as magnolia blossoms appear only on old growth.


Magnolias are generally unaffected by pests or diseases.


When selecting a magnolia, choose one that is appropriate for your climate. Different varieties are better suited to heat and cold. Check with local nurseries to find a magnolia that is specific to your region.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
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