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Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia

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Of all Magnolia's available on the market, Bracken's Brown is surely the queen. Glossy evergreen leaves pop even when the perfect velvety white spring blooms are gone. The blossoms are so impossibly perfect you might even think they are not real. This is a care-free tree that requires zero maintenance. Southern charm in a robust grower!

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Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia

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Bold and beautiful, the Brackens Brown Beauty will flourish in the garden or on an urban sidewalk. Its elegance and class adds sophistication to any site you choose. 

This large tree has a straight trunk and short branches. Its silk-like flowers are accentuated by a velvet white interior. Abundant and long lasting, the large, majestic flowers bloom in late April and grace the Brown Beauty through the end of May. 

Compact, leather-like, green leaves won't diminish the beauty of the white blossoms. A frost-resistant tree, this magnolia can withstand winter's bite, tolerating frigid temperatures as cold as -20F. With the right soil and enough moisture, it adapts easily to hot temperatures and full sun. 

Whether as the striking center of attention in the midst of the garden, as a dense screen or a well-positioned wind barrier, easy care enables this specimen to thrive with low maintenance. A strong grower, the tree's root system is nearly four times the width of her canopy. The well-developed base of this evergreen, gives it the stability to reach heights of up to 50 feet. 

The awesome stature of this tree didn't occur over night. The Brown Beauty has perfected its magnificence over millions of years. Perhaps her greatest attribute, her fragrant flowers, will add a southern ambience to any backyard or garden, soothing the senses during the season for many years to come.













Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken's Brown Beauty'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Excellent tree, wanted to get another. Do you have more? Great flowers though shot lived
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December 31, 2012
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Only one is not doing well--not sure it will survive----the others have all had a flower
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What are the red seeds I have this year on the pods that I have not had in the past 5 years?
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What is the name of the magnolia tree that has the dark green leaves with the velvety brown undersides?
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Best Answer: Bracken's Brown Beauty
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How do you fertilize the bracken brown magnolia? ours is 3years old.
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: Magnolias are susceptible to salt damage from overfertilizing, limit fertilizer application to iron chelates only as a treatment for chlorosis. You can feed your tree if new growth is noticeably slow with a controlled-release product.
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.