Q: We have a beautiful thirty-foot tall magnolia tree with beautiful, shiny leaves. The problem is it has never bloomed for the two years that we’ve lived here.
A: It’s not unusual for a magnolia to be slow to bloom, particularly if it is not a named variety, of which you can’t be sure. ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’, ‘Claudia Wannamaker’, ‘LittleGem’ and ‘Teddy Bear’ are excellent cultivars for blooms. Fertilizer will not help yours blossom. Only its genetics will force it to finally flower.