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I have a Saucer Magnolia Tree. I purchased it about 4 years ago, every year I see no growth. It has bloomed every year. But it just seems like I would see some growth? This year the leaves are yellow. I have a picture. Am I missing something? What can I do?

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Sun and Soil Requirements for Saucer Magnolias:

Grow these magnolia trees in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Soil pH should be 4.5 to 7.0.
 
You didn't say where you live or what your soil pH is.  I copied the above sentence from the internet.  Are your leaves paler and the veins darker?  Are they the regular size or smaller?   Do you have hot, dry windy conditions?
   Hopefully you have well drained soil.  If not, you could suffer from iron chlorosis and/or root rot.  If it has not started to grow in four years, I would apply fertilizer for acid-loving plants. If it has iron chlorosis, it may also need iron.  If the leaves are smaller and evenly pale (no darker veins), it may need nitrogen.   Magnolia saucers do OK in our climate zone, but do not like hot, dry windy conditions, heavy, wet soils or alkaline pH.  If you have further questions, you can call us at 851-8462

Posted on 27 May 2009

Pat Fugal
Horticulture Assistant, Master Gardner, Utah County

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