This magnificent southern magnolia ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’ (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Brackens Brown Beauty’) is a compact cultivar of the southern magnolia. It typically grows to 30 feet with a dense, narrow, pyramidal-oval crown, and produces flowers and leaves that are approximately half the size of those on species’ plants. Leathery evergreen leaves (to 7 in) are glossy dark green above and rusty-brown beneath, lending a bi-color appearance to the foliage. Fragrant, cup-shaped, white flowers (4-6 in) appear in late spring, with sparse continued flowering throughout the summer. Flowers give way to spherical cone-like fruiting clusters, up to 3-inches long, that mature in late summer, releasing individual rose-red coated seeds suspended on slender threads.