Magnolia George Henry Kern


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First created in Ohio in the 1930s, the George Henry Kern is a stunning hybrid of Magnolia Stellata and a Liliiflora – bringing together the best of both; in particular, wonderfully scented light rose-pink flowers that burst out from dark pink buds during an extended flowering period that lasts from April to June.

Hardy, with a slow growing and compact structure, and luscious deep green leaves, it’s easy to see why the George Henry Kern is popular with Magnolia lovers; its size being of particular advantage to those with smaller gardens. Maintaining it’s natural rounded shape with minimal pruning is another huge plus and this Magnolia will do well in a sheltered spot with a south or westerly aspect. Pollution tolerant, it’s a great choice for city gardens too.

A great choice next to an entrance, path or gateway where it’s scent can be enjoyed and can be grown either as a tree or tall shrub, though once planted, they don’t like to be moved.


Sold in a 4 litre grower’s pot

Mature Height: 3.5m (10-20yrs) growing up to 30cm/year

Mature Spread: 2m

Flower Colour: Goblet shape, pale pink

Flowering Time: Spring

Foliage: Deciduous

Fragrant: Very

Growth Rate: Slow

Hardiness: Hardy in most sheltered areas, avoid north facing.

Position: Full sun / Dappled sun / Partial shade

Soil Moisture: Moist but well-drained, well drained

Soil PH: Acid, neutral

Soil Type: Clay, loam, sand


Please note: images show how this plant may look at various stages of maturity. The size you choose may look different.