Little Gem Magnolia Is Dropping Yellow Leaves

Question From: Berea, Kentucky, United States
Q: I have a large (8 ft) Little Gem magnolia that was planted 1.5 years ago. It has lots of new leaves emerging and also flower buds. However, everyday there are lots of yellow leaves that fall off. From the top to the bottom of the tree, inside and on the outside. Some leaves have brown dots on them. There are so many falling that I am very worried. There are small (thin) dead branches on the inside of the tree. What do you think and recommend? Thanks.

A: You tree has a fungal disease. I would get an onsite inspection from a certified tree arborist for an accurate ID and control. To find one in your area go to and enter your zip code. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy