LARGE, CREAMY WHITE BLOOMS WITH A SWEET, LEMON SCENT
- Beautiful, dark green and glossy evergreen foliage with a brown underside
- Large, white flowers emerge throughout summer and emit a lemony fragrance
- The blooms turn into seed pods in fall, eventually exposing bright red seeds
- Birds love to snack on the seeds
- As an evergreen, it is a great option for a hedge planting, privacy wall or as a specimen tree
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Mature Height: 30-50' tall
- Mature Width: 15-30' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 15-30' apart
Why plant Bracken's Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia?
Bracken’s Brown Beauty gives many northerners (as well as southerners) the opportunity to enjoy that shining example of southern hospitality—the Southern Magnolia. This noble and beloved tree will bring welcome greenery into the cold heart of winter, while in summer it will adorn itself with beautiful bowl-shaped white flowers that will perfume the air with their heavenly scent during all of your warm-weather outdoor get-togethers. In fall, its red fruits will usher songbirds into your yard to feast.
An icon of the South, our regal native Southern Magnolia has been coveted by Yankees for ages, but it has generally been too tender to be grown north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Bracken’s Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia changed that. Selected from a crop of open-pollinated seedlings in 1968 and released in the 1980s, this variety has been shown to shrug off much colder winters than its siblings. However, when Ray Bracken selected this form at his South Carolina nursery, cold-hardiness wasn’t even on his radar! He chose Bracken’s Brown Beauty for its extremely dense and pyramidal growth habit, its petite but abundant and precocious flowers, and its handsome glossy foliage.
How to use Bracken's Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia in the landscape?
The “Brown” in Bracken’s Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia comes from the undersides of its lustrous green leaves, which are coated with a soft, rusty brown fuzz. The two-tone effect is nice, and the velvety coating makes the leaves unpalatable to all kinds of chewing pests. Give this majestic, long-lived legacy tree a prominent spot in your landscape, where it will welcome visitors with its southern charms for generations to come.
Hardiness Zone: 6-9
How To Plant Bracken's Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia
Bracken’s Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia is at home in rich soil in full sun to part shade. Give it some shelter from prevailing winter winds in the northern parts of its range. In very cold winters, it may lose some of its leaves, but healthy, established trees will re-leaf in late spring, good as new. Southern Magnolia casts a dense shade that prevents growing anything directly beneath it, so let mulch be the groundcover of choice. Run over fallen leaves with the lawnmower to help them break down and recycle their nutrients. Bracken’s Brown Beauty is a vigorous selection and is a moderately fast-growing tree in warmer regions.
How To Water
Water weekly, or better yet, use the Bower & Branch® Water Element to deliver just the right amount of moisture to your tree throughout the growing season.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Due to its slow growth rate, the Bracken's Brown Magnolia does not require pruning. If you would like to expose the trunk, you could do so slowly in early Spring.
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.
We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
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If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.
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At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).