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Does anyone have experiance or knowledge of the Little Gem Magnolia? I put one in the ground June 1, 2012, one of the hottest days possible to be planting. It has been struggling ever since. Its just now starting to look like it may survive my stupidity. OH WELL. I was wondering if one could trim the Little Gem to keep it to about a 6 to 7 foot tall and 4 to 6 foot width? Since it seems like the plant is slow to grow new leaves and stems, I'm a bit concerned about trimming it for fear that it will either kill it, or it will grow with empty spots that are nothing but leafless stems etc. Any ideas?
Lovetropics, I'm not sure about the acidic soil, but mine did burn in the sun. The few new leaves that come out were small. I moved the plant to a more shaded place and it is currently about 5 foot tall, but has very few leaves on it. There is a new shoot coming up from the bottom which may be classified as a sucker, but it has some really nice healthy big leaves on it. I think I am going to leave it and hope it will grow along with the established trunk, which is basically a stick right now.