Young Jane Magnolia Has A Few Flowers At Bottom Only And Seems Dead Above

Question From: P. McPhie - NEW HAMPSHIRE
Q: Last summer I planted a Jane Magnolia in memory of a friend. The last winter here in N.H. was strange to say the least, little snow rain and ice. Rhododendron bushes took a beating in this area from lack of snow. The Magnolia I planted is about 3 feet high it has 3 or 4 flowers at the bottom, but from there on up there are no leaves and looks quite bleak. Is there anything I can do to save this tree?

A: Be patient. There may be latent leaf buds that will emerge. If you determine the upper branches are dead there may be a lower one that can be trained to be a new leader. Take a photo to someone who does bonsai for advice. Good Luck, Nancy and Happy Yardening