Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia

Product Description

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

The Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia tree is a significant broadleaf evergreen magnolia cultivar with extensive winter hardiness. This plant produces large fragrant, cup-shaped, creamy white flowers that appear in late spring with sparse flowering throughout the summer.

Its glossy dark green leaves are green on top and rusty-brown on the undersides, lending a bi-color appearance to the foliage. The Bracken magnolia tree flowers will give way to spherical fruiting cone clusters that mature in the late summer growing season. At full maturity, it releases coated red seeds on slender threads perfect for birds to munch on.

Bracken Brown Magnolia Care

The Bracken’s Brown Beauty tree thrives in full sun to partial sun and partial shade. It prefers rich well-drained soil but can tolerate very wet areas or drought. Slightly acidic soil is best buy not required. Our most cold-hardy magnolia tree thrives in most of the United States USDA zones 5-9. The cold hardiness range is perfect for areas with colder winters!

This large tree can get up to 30-40 feet tall and up to 25 feet wide at full maturity. The Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year making it a very fast-growing tree and perfect if you are looking for height fast. Bracken’s Magnolia has an upright growth habit with a tall central leader.

You may prune your magnolia tree when needed in early spring to shape it to the desired size. Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia fertilizer will benefit the tree’s growth and health yearly.

This fragrant white flowering tree grows in all types of climates making it one of our favorite southern magnolias and favorite shade trees.

Have the tree shipped directly to your home in our secure packaging. The root systems are well established; we do not ship bare root.

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Check out our Magnolia Grow Guide for more information on planting and growing Magnolia Grandiflora.


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.

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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!

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  1. 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

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  2. Symona

    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

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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!

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  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.

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  6. 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!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      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. 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.

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  8. 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.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      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!

  9. Elliot

    Wonderful tree! Easy to purchase with My Perfect Plants! Great customer service and easy to plant. Has been growing well.

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  10. Irwin

    Thanks for my beautiful Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia. I am in love! Fast shipping!

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  11. Michelle T

    Received this tree for Mother’s Day. It is so gorgeous!! Best gift ever!!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Michelle, thank you so much for your kind review of the Bracken’s Brown Magnolia. We are so happy you are pleased with your new magnolia tree and hope you enjoy the blooms for years to come :)

  12. John Hastings (verified owner)

    Extremely healthy and well-packed tree received last fall in time for establishing before winter. Survived zone 6 with no winter burn, although did wrap with a blanket during 2 coldest weeks. Bloomed the following spring with 2 large blooms! Already put on 8″ of growth in first summer and will probably get a few more before fall. Great plant!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hello John, that is amazing! We are so happy to hear your Bracken’s Brown Beauty magnolia is doing well after the first year. It is only up from here. We hope you enjoy your magnolia tree’s blooms for many years to come!

  13. Mark K. (verified owner)

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    Excellent Packaging. Perfectly formed tree for a 3 gallon container

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hey Mark! We are so happy you are pleased with your new Brackens brown magnolia! Happy planting!!

  14. Jennifer (verified owner)

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    My tree was delivered quickly and was carefully packaged to make it through the shipping process without any damage! I received a beautiful, healthy tree and couldn’t be happier! Thank you!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Jennifer, thank you for your feedback on our Bracken Brown Beauty Magnolia tree. We are so glad you love it!

  15. Ellen Gibson (verified owner)

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    The tree is doing fantastic. The leaves are so beautiful. So far so good

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Ellen, thank you for your kind words on our Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia. We are so glad you love it! :)

  16. Ryan (verified owner)

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    The tree I received was in amazing condition and well within the 3-4ft range as promised. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how great everything was. I would definitely recommend.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Ryan, thank you for reviewing our Bracken’s Brown Magnolia tree. We appreciate your business and are glad you love your new tree.

  17. Craig Bolton (verified owner)

    First purchase but it’ll be the first of many! I opened the box and found this perfect specimen inside! Helpful, friendly folks to deal with- I’d rate this transaction as a “6” if I had the option!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Craig, thank you so much for your review of our Bracken’s Brown Magnolia Tree. What a nice compliment. We so appreciate your business and are glad you love your new tree! :)

  18. Craig Bolton (verified owner)

    I couldn’t have received a more perfect specimen. Friendly, helpful folks to deal with- I’d rate this purchase as a “6” if that option was available!

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  19. Karen (verified owner)

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    So far our Bracken Brown Beauty is doing well. She’s happy and healthy, and has a lot of growing to do. So far so good!

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  20. Pamela Marchesano (verified owner)

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