I have three Little Gem Magnolia trees along the side of my drive way that have lost most of their leaves. Last summer, they began losing leaves and it has continued to get worse. They are about eight to 10 years old. Any suggestions on how to save them would be appreciated.

Little Gem Magnolia trees have few serious pests that could cause this damage. When uniform defoliation occurs throughout the crown, it is usually due to a root or soil disorder or an extreme weather event such as drought or low temperature injury. However, many other factors such as spider mites or scale insects could produce these symptoms. It is recommended that you contact a certified arborist who can inspect the trees and site to determine the possible cause.

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