The magnolia is one of the first signs of spring, as it already produces its new flowers in the previous year. Very early in the season, the tree begins to expel its fleshy flowers. Big like plate the show their beauty on the still leafless tree and dip it in a refreshing colours. A real delight for the eyes, but the magnolia is also one of the trees that does not want to be cut. Usually a magnolia is pretty cut resistant, but similar to the maple, it does'nt like to lose too many branches at the same time and possibly begins to sicken. This risk is much lower than for the maple tree. Since the Magnolia could suffer from frost damage after a cut, it is pruned after flowering. And of course, because the new flowers would be cut off.
But the most important reason ist that the magnolia tends to form pretty strange shoots after a cut. As can be seen very well in the photo, pompom-like shoots can arise, that have to be cut back constantly. If you decide to plant a magnolia in the garden, you should also keep in mind that it will be an enormous tree over the years. The site should therefore be well chosen and not be too close to house walls, where the magnolia can not spread without restrictions. The possibility that a magnolia does not form cripple-shoots exists, if every cut ist done as a 'deductional cut' (German expression). To completely eliminate this risk you should better not use a saw at magnolias. Or only if a crippled tree does not disturb the aesthetic sensibilities of the owner.
Just as meaty and oversized as the flowers are the leaves of the magnolia, too. This fact is not unimportant to the planning of a garden. Because if the magnolia in autumn loses her voluminous green, a thick layer of leaves is produced below. The same happenes again at the end of spring, when the magnolia drops its petals. That is why an ornamental flowerbed is misplaced under a magnolia or needs to be constantly cleaned for weeks. Fortunately, the magnolia grows relatively slowly and there are also small species offered. But nevertheless, it is therefore a very pretty plant, which causes no other problems.