S & J Nursery’s
Guide to Growing
Brakens Brown Beauty Magnolia
in the Northeast Florida Landscape
( Magnolia grandiflora ‘Brakens Brown Beauty’ )
Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty Origins:
– A selection of the North American Native Magnolia Grandiflora form Ray Brackens
Nurseries in South Carolina.
Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia Preferred Exposure:
– Full sun to partial sun/shade situations are tolerated in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine
Magnolia Brackens Brown Foliage | Bark:
– Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia remains evergreen keeping its foliage in the winter
– Foliage of the Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia is extremely large and showy in
comparison to other Southern Magnolias. The leaves are a deep dark shiny green on the surface with a deep dark
brown underneath. Many consider this to be a superior selection on Magnolia and indeed it has made quite an
impact since its introduction.
Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:
– Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty will prefer slightly acidic soil
but will tolerate sand, loam, clay,
slightly alkaline and even occasionally wet
– Only moderately salt tolerant
Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty Size Variance:
– Can reach sizes of 30-50 feet H | and spreading narrowly only to about 15- 25 ft
feet wide making it fit nicely in the medium sized category of Southern Magnolias
Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty Growth Habit:
– Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty are densely foliated trees with a more narrow than typical of the species but
pyramidal growth habit and tend to have branches very near ground level unless pruned up by removing the lower
branches to expose underneath the tree.
Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty Growth Rate:
– Brackens Brown Beauty Magnolia trees are fast growers.
Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty Bloom:
– These trees have a large and highly fragrant creamy white leathery blooms that
reach 6 inches across with a central cone that will enlarge and open up after the petals have gone to expose
beautiful bright red seeds that are utilized by various wildlife in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St.
Augustine area landscapes and gardens.
– Its no wonder these impressive blooms are the state flower for both Louisianan and
Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty Water Requirements:
– Plants will need daily water after being planted from a container or transplanted
into the landscape and supplemental irrigation during periods of reduced local rainfall for the first
season or two.
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
– Seed cones are utilized by various wildlife.
Best Uses For Brackens Brown Beauty in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine landscape:
– Southern Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty is an ideal selection for a moderate to large garden area or where
space limitations would make the broader spreading Southern Magnolia selections out of place. Its more columnar
growth habit also makes it ideal for a lawn shade tree for the front or back yard, Magnolia D.D. Blanchard will
supply excellent coverage to screen large unwanted views and will remain evergreen in the winter time and have the
added bonus of the large fragrant blooms.
– Use Southern Magnolia D.D. Blanchard as a foundation accent only when you will be able to place it 10-12 ft
from the foundation of a home, not because the roots are problematic but because of the multitude of lateral
growing branches that will within 10-20 years of being planted in the landscape be growing 7-10+ feet from the
trunk. Magnolia D.D. Blanchard can be planted closer to structures where you will be clearing the lower branches up
and away from impediments such as sidewalks, sheds, garages etc. – Southern Magnolias also make excellent street
Care of Southern Magnolia Brackens Brown Beauty:
– Although Magnolia trees can be planted from a container into the
landscape any time of the
year in our North Florida |
Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscapes, Magnolias root systems
are very wide for their size making
transplanting sometimes difficult, so if you decide to move
one from one location to another in
the yard be sure to do it in winter or spring for the best result possible.
– Water every day during the
establishment period, See watering your newly planted trees for
more information. Magnolia’s must be
watched for the first one to two seasons after being planted
or transplanted in the landscape and
supplemental water supplied in any time of drought. They are
slower to establish themselves into
the landscape than many other trees and should be watered
well once a week when local rainfall
– Magnolias respond well to pruning, when shaping a younger tree
they should be pruned 6 inches deeper than where you
would like to see the re-growth
appear. Everywhere you trim the tree will sprout new growth
and begin to branch out and fill in.
So if you have a scarcely foliated Magnolia tree get out the pruner
and remove as many growing tips as
possible, prune deeper into
the branch in scarcely
foliated areas to get them to branch
out and fill in the gaps.
– Magnolias have lots of branches
all though they will be smaller in diameter in comparison to other larger growing shade trees like an Oak. Prune
out the occasional occurrence of a branch at a sharper angle than 45 degrees or if damaged etc. by removing the
branch all the way back to the trunk.
– Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of
mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch
of caliper (or diameter) of trunk
measured 4 inches from the ground level.
– Fertilize each spring with a
mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food
such as Osmocote or Stay Green
general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around
the mulch circle underneath the
foliage of the tree.