Magnolia Tree Buds Have Yellow Film Coating

Question From: K. darnell - Commerce charter Township, Michigan, United States
Q: My magnolia tree buds are coated with a yellowish looking film. Will it bud next year or is there anything I may do to help it

A: My guess is your tree has magnolia scale. If it were my tree I would get and onsite inspection from a certified arborist. I am not a trained tree doctor, so I don't even try to diagnose my own trees. To find one in your area go to and enter your zip code. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy