'Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia' - Magnolia grandiflora 'Brackens Brown Beauty'
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Southern (or Evergreen) magnolia is noted for its leathery evergreen leaves and attractive flowers. It is native to moist wooded areas in the southeastern United States from North Carolina to Florida and Texas. Species trees are reliably winter hardy only to USDA Zone 7. Although the species is sometimes attempted in the St. Louis area, the foliage is apt to decline considerably in winter, sometimes to the point of being deciduous. ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’ is a significant cultivar because, unlike the species, it is reliably winter hardy to the St. Louis area (USDA Zones 5b-6a). It is a compact cultivar that typically grows to 30’ tall with a dense, narrow, pyramdial-oval crown, and produces flowers and leaves that are approximately one-half the size of those on species’ plants. Leathery evergreen leaves (to 7” long) are glossy dark green above and rusty-brown beneath, lending a bi-color appearance to the foliage. Fragrant, cup-shaped, white flowers (to 4-6” diameter) appear in late spring, with sparse continued flowering throughout the summer. Flowers give way to spherical cone-like fruiting clusters (to 3” long) that mature in late summer, releasing individual rose-red coated seeds suspended on slender threads at maturity. Genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715). Specific epithet is from Latin meaning large flowers. Plant Patent #5,520 issued July 23, 1985.
Full to Partial Shade
Southern magnolia is extremely drought tolerant. It does best, however, in rich, well-drained, acidic soils. Hardiness USDA Zones 7-9. Newer cultivars have extended the range in which the southern magnolia can be grown northward into Zone 5! Propagation Southern magnolia grows rapidly from seed. Cultivars are grafted onto seedlings of the species or started from cuttings.
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