Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia

Product Description

The Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia’s compact pyramidal crown features beautiful, large white flowers that make it an exceptional choice as an accent tree for your garden.

The Bracken’s Brown Beauty is a significant cultivar with extensive winter hardiness. It is a compact magnolia tree that will typically grow to be 30 feet tall with a dense, narrow oval crown. This plant produces fragrant, cup-shaped, white flowers that appear in late spring with sparse flowering throughout the summer.

Its evergreen leaves are glossy dark green above and rusty-brown beneath, lending a bi-color appearance to the foliage. The magnolia tree flowers will give way to spherical fruiting clusters that mature in late summer and release red coated seeds on slender threads at maturity.

The Bracken’s Brown Beauty thrives in full sunlight to partial shade and can tolerate very wet areas and cold winters. Have the tree shipped directly to your  home in our secure packaging.

Botanical Name

Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken’s Brown Beauty'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 30-40 ft
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Large white flowers
  • Fragrant
  • Cold hardy
  • Evergreen

Shipping Info

Once your Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Bracken Brown has an overall advantage in its durability compared to most other Magnolia varieties in its hardiness range, soil adaptability and draught tolerance. They grow best in organically rich, well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly acidic. Although drought tolerant once established, ideal soil should be evenly moist but not soggy.

The Bracken Brown maintains it’s oval shape well naturally and requires little pruning other than to promote a balanced, strong frame when young and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning on occasional to improve shape should be performed after flowering to avoid damage to the following seasons buds.

To achieve a hedge, Bracken Browns should be spaced 15 feet apart from their centers.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Bracken Brown Beauty Magnolia, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

8 reviews for Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    GB (verified owner)

    Great trees! Ordered 1 tree as a test run, then 2 more because I was happy about the results of the first tree. All 3 tree are between 3&1/2 – 4 feet tall, as advertised. Pot size is about 10inches by 10inches, its about a 3gallon sized pot/rootball, with roots starting to poke out the bottom. They did a good job packing the trees and shipping was fast. Saved about 100% versus buying from local nursery. Would do business again

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ordered the Bracken Brown on Tuesday for delivery on Saturday. On Saturday I received the perfect tree, perfect height, nice and full! Hope to order more in the near future

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    C. Gerber

    Precocious! I planted a tiny 10″ Brakens in 2013 that I purchased thru Jackson & Perkins ($50!). It had 1 bloom at 1.5′ in 2014, 2 blooms 2015, 4 blooms 2016 at 3′. Then a week ago a snow came and broke it completely in half. Recommend staking! Definitely replacing thru Perfect Plants!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brandt Frische (verified owner)

    Ordered 2 of these trees! They are absolutely beautiful and perfect just like the name of the company describes. I will be planting these out in the spring and am sure they will thrive. I will definitely be ordering more plants in the future!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ashley Peterson

    We bought one tree as a centerpiece for our circle driveway. My husband wanted the largest tree they sold. The large tree was heavy and not very easy for an old man to get planted. Be mindful if you order the large trees, they will be taller than you when you unpack them. Tree has been planted 1 week and looks nice.

    Ashley Peterson

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    PJSteele (verified owner)

    Over the years, I have always loved Magnolias & grew up down south where they are abundant but in my adult life my husband was in the Military & we moved around a lot and ended up settling up north. I have tried buying southern Magnolias & hardening them myself by keeping it in the garage over the first winter. I have also purchased from other companies but Perfectplants has the most beautiful Magnolia trees that I have seen shipped, ever! I almost cried when I opened the box & there were about 4 blooms on the tree already!!! The tree was taller than I expected & full of leaves – I felt like it was my birthday or something !! Plus I always get some discount from Perfectplants, so I couldn’t be happier. I’ve had lots of disappointments with shopping online for plants but not with Perfectplants, they have earned a life long customer!

    • Perfect Plants

      Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate your honesty and loyalty to our company! Please let us know if we can ever help with any future plant purchases or if you have any questions. And do not hesitate to ask for a discount. We would be overjoyed to help you continue to grow your garden <3

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura Greer

    Order our two trees in Spring of 2018 and they came with blooms. Reminds me of our travels thru the south. Small point to make for others, the Bracken Brown is very cold hardy, so they will grow at our Tennessee home.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    bdurbin (verified owner)

    Purchased 7 of these trees in both sizes. The larger ones are true to size and all come in very healthy conditions. The BB version, I feel, is a better all round tree as it can handle the colder temps, and for us here in Central TX, the occasional hard freeze which have stunted the Little Gems I have. Overall, great deal, great trees, and Perfect Plants is a solid company to deal with. I continue to spend entirely too much money with them (shh, don’t tell the wife), and they never disappoint on the quality.

    • Perfect Plants (verified owner)

      Hi Brent,

      Thank you very much for being such a loyal customer to Perfect Plants. We are happy to help with any of your magnolia tree needs, questions, or concerns. They sure do make beautiful landscaping trees and we are glad you received them all in great condition. It is what we strive for!

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