Jul 21, Prune the tulip magnolia from the top down so you can create a graduated shape. Space the main scaffold branches at least 18 to 24 inches apart.
Use a saw to remove any of the large wood that is closer than that or that is crossing other wood. Avoid pruning tulip magnolia when the sap is running freely. 2 Take out branches at the base with pruning loppers, making the cut just outside the branch collar, which is where the branch grows. Aug 08, If the tulip magnolia is purchased as a bare-root tree and some of the roots are damaged, prune off about 1/3 of the canopy right after planting to help compensate for the reduction in healthy roots.
Do not cut the tip off of the top of the central leader or main trunk of the tree%. Sep 21, Prune up to 1/3 of a magnolia bush each season all the way back to the ground to encourage new growth from the base of the plant. Try to remove even amounts of branches from all around the bush to keep the bush even and the branches properly spaced. Jan 20, Prune a deciduous Magnolia only when necessary to remove a damaged or stray branch. Make your pruning cut at a point beyond the breakage or at the origin of the branch; a half-inch above where the branch intersects a healthy branch or trunk.
There is no need to paint or tar pruning cuts because it interferes with the plant's own wound defense system.