Magnolia x brooklynensis Daybreak

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Pink

Daybreak is a good choice as your first Magnolia.

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 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 trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
3-year Daybreak tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
£49.95
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Daybreak magnolia tree


Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

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

Daybreak characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Sheltered site Free-draining site
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Specimen planting
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Beginner

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Similar varieties

  • Magnolia x brooklynensis
    Woodsman
    Woodsman features dusky pink flowers with shades of yellow, green and cream.