Impact of Mild Winter on Flowering Trees

Unfortunately, the prophesy we made at the end of 2015 regarding potential damage to the springtime flowers on Magnolia trees and Crab Apples has come true.

Star Magnolia

Star Magnolia

Saucer Magnolia

Saucer Magnolia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see in the two photos that we took just yesterday, the browning of flowers on the Star and Saucer Magnolias has begun. Many of these trees will exhibit these symptoms with damage ranging anywhere from minor to severe depending on their proximity to your house. Between the abnormally warm winter, which ‘tricked’ the flowering trees into producing flower buds early, and now the cold spring winds that have occurred after the flower buds began to swell, these trees didn’t have much of a chance this year. We do not know what the effects will be on the Crab Apples as of yet but, if the floral display seems damaged, you will know why.

Fungicide spray applications for Crab Apples are coming up soon.  Remember, it isn’t time to spray for Apple Scab Disease just yet. We do not automatically spray at first bud break which many homeowners believe to be the proper time. Trust that we know when is the best time to apply these treatments. We are certain you will be happy with the results!