It has been right at a year since we put in two new Little Gem Magnolias. I have been very happy with the progress of the one in our front yard. I think I have decided to let it grow naturally and not try to trim it up like the one that was in our backyard when we first moved in. I love the really old magnolias that were allowed to grow lower limbs and are now monsters in the front yards of pretty old houses along downtown streets.
Here is his one year progress report: