Magnolia Tree Has Suckers And No Leaves

Question From: Becker, Minnesota, United States
Q: I was given a Magnolia tree that wasn’t leading out well. This happened two years ago. This year I received no leaves but have some suckers. The trunk is green & healthy. Any suggestions as to how to get this tree back?

A: The trunk is dead and the plant is sending up suckers in an effort to live. If you cut off the trunk you will have a multi stemmed tree. Cut off all but one and it may develope into a tree. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy