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Daybreak

Magnolia x brooklynensis
Daybreak Magnolia
Daybreak has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Daybreak is a good choice as your first Magnolia as it easy to grow and quite compact.

It has relatively large red-pink flowers, which lighten to a pale pink, and have a strong fruity scent.

Flowering is usually in mid-April, making it one of the later-blooming Magnolia varieties. The flowers arrive in advance of the leaves and last for 2-3 weeks. It typically begins flowering from the age of about 2-years, which is much sooner than many Magnolias.

Daybreak is one of the most columnar and upright of Magnolias.

Daybreak magnolia trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £83.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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How to grow

As with all Magnolias, plant in a sheltered spot, protected from cold winds.

History

Daybreak was developed by Dr August Kehr of North Carolina, USA, from a cross of Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Woodsman' and (it is thought) Magnolia 'Tina Durio', and introduced in the 1980s.

Daybreak characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteFree-draining site
  • Flower colourPink
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Daphne
    Magnolia acuminata
    Daphne
    One of the best yellow-flowered Magnolias, Daphne flowers over a long period.
  • Magnolia x brooklynensis
    Woodsman
    Woodsman features dusky pink flowers with shades of yellow, green and cream.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Daybreak magnolia tree