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The Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken's Brown Beauty') is a majestic and cold-hardy evergreen tree known for its elegant, glossy foliage, and impressive, fragrant flowers. This cultivar of the Southern Magnolia is prized for its adaptability and resilience in colder climates, making it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a striking evergreen tree with ornamental appeal.
The Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia is a medium-sized, pyramidal evergreen tree that typically reaches heights of 20-30 feet and spreads about 15-25 feet wide. Its dense, dark green foliage is characterized by large, leathery leaves with a glossy upper surface and rusty-brown, velvety undersides. This evergreen tree is hardy in USDA zones 5-9, making it more cold-tolerant than many other Southern Magnolia cultivars.
Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia is an adaptable tree that thrives in a variety of soil types, provided they are well-draining. It prefers full sun to part shade, with optimal flowering and growth occurring in sunnier locations. This low-maintenance tree requires minimal pruning, primarily to remove dead or damaged branches or to maintain a specific shape.
One of the most notable features of the Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia is its stunning, fragrant flowers. The large, creamy-white blooms can measure up to 8 inches across and typically appear in late spring or early summer, with sporadic flowering continuing throughout the summer months. Each flower consists of six thick, waxy petals surrounding a central cone-like structure.
The impressive flowers not only add ornamental value to the tree but also attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, contributing to a vibrant and healthy garden ecosystem.
Following the flowering period, the Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia produces unique, cone-like fruiting structures called aggregate fruits. These fruiting structures, which mature in late summer or early fall, are initially green and gradually turn a reddish-brown as they ripen. Upon ripening, the fruit opens to reveal bright red seeds that are often eaten by birds and other wildlife, providing an additional ecological benefit.
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