Magnolia Tree Is Dropping Large Buds And Leaves Have Black And White Spots

Question From: Niceville, Florida, United States
Q: I live near the coast on the Florida Panhandle. My mature magnolia is far above my one story roof peak. There are no spent flowers falling. Instead, flower buds the size of pears, litter the ground. The leafs have black and white spots. And the trunks ( there are three trunks) have a slight crack or crease between them. Can you tell me what these indicate and how to treat.

A: I live in Michigan Don and am not a trained professional in the care of trees. I recommend you get an onsite inspection of your tree to get an accurate Id of the problem and how to treat it. To find a professional in your area go to and enter your zip code. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy