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Magnolia tree... #757573

Asked June 21, 2021, 5:58 PM EDT

My Magnolia tree is 20 + year old. The lower branches have developed a fungus on them and leaves are dying. I called Bachman's and they told me it had some fancy fungal name disease. They told me the tree would die within 2 years. They informed me that they are no longer recommending the Magnolia tree is Minnesota. Is there anything I can do to save this beautiful tree...thank you, Duane Birchem

Washington County Minnesota

Expert Response

Hi,

This looks like a pretty heavy infestation of scale. See this: https://hennepinmastergardeners.org/scale-insects-take-a-closer-look/

Scale can actually kill the tree, and it is very difficult to treat. There are control methods in this article: https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/magnolia-scale

I’m sorry about your tree.

Susan Trent Replied June 21, 2021, 6:12 PM EDT

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