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6.‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’ Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
7 – 9
60 – 80
30 – 50
Densely pyramidal, low branching, stately evergreen tree; compact and dense even in youth
Best in sun or partial shade
Rich, porous, acidic, well-drained soil preferable
creamy white, beautifully fragrant, 5 – 6  in diameter; flower period is from May to June
2 – 3  long, cone-like with exposed red seeds
Landscape use:
Needs ample space to develop; use as screen, hedge, or in groups; characteristic of southern gardening heritage
Native range is North Carolina to Florida and Texas; cultivated 1734
Essentially problem free
Significant Features:
Low-lying branches; large flower size and heavy fragrance; small leaves (6 ) with lustrous dark green above and rusty brown below; transplants better than many magnolias and drops fewer leaves; can transplant in August


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Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.