Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’

('Bracken's Brown Beauty', Southern Magnolia)

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Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

A broadleaf evergreen tree that is noted for its attractive dark green leaves and its large, extremely fragrant flowers. It typically grows to 60-80? tall with a pyramidal to rounded crown. This is a magnificent tree of the South. Leathery evergreen ovate to elliptic leaves (to 10? long) are glossy dark green above and variable pale green to gray-brown beneath. Fragrant white flowers (to 8-12? diameter) usually have six petals. Flowers bloom in late spring, with sparse continued flowering throughout the summer. Flowers give way to spherical cone-like fruiting clusters (to 3-5? long) that mature in late summer to early fall, releasing individual rose-red coated seeds suspended on slender threads at maturity.


Magnolias prefer a spot in the garden that receives full sun to light shade.  If possible, avoid exposed, windy locations because strong winds can damage large flowers and the typically brittle branches.  Most magnolias grow best in moist, well-drained, slightly acid soils but neutral to slightly alkaline soils are also suitable for growth. Magnolias are adaptable to clay, loam or sand soils, but most grow poorly in wet or poorly drained soils. Well-established plants can be moderately drought tolerant.

Additional information

Common Name

'Bracken's Brown Beauty', Southern Magnolia

Botanical Name

Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken's Brown Beauty'


30 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


30 ft.


25 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late spring/summer

Flower Color




Foliage Color

dark green

Deer Resistant


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