Magnolia George Henry Kern


Plant Fact File:

  • Plant Type: Deciduous Tree
  • Common Name: Magnolia ‘George Henry Kern’
  • Botanical Name: Magnolia x loebneri ‘George Henry Kern’
  • Growth Habit: Upright, Rounded
  • Height: Typically grows up to 6 meters (20 feet)
  • Spread: Typically spreads up to 4 meters (13 feet)
  • Foliage: Deciduous, Green Leaves
  • Flower Color: Pale Pink, Fragrant
  • Flowering Period: Late Spring
  • Hardiness: Fully Hardy
  • Aspect: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining
  • Uses: Specimen Tree, Accent Plant, Small Gardens


Magnolia ‘George Henry Kern’, a hybrid variety known for its delicate pale pink flowers and compact growth habit, is a deciduous tree that typically grows up to 6 meters in height with a spread of around 4 meters. Its foliage emerges in spring, providing a lush green backdrop for the profusion of fragrant blooms that appear in late spring. The flowers, which are typically pale pink in color, create a stunning display against the backdrop of the green foliage.

Key Features:

  • Pale Pink Flowers: One of the main attractions of Magnolia ‘George Henry Kern’ is its profusion of pale pink flowers, which are typically borne in late spring. The flowers are fragrant, adding to the plant’s ornamental appeal and attracting pollinators to the garden.
  • Compact Growth Habit: With a relatively small size compared to other magnolia varieties, ‘George Henry Kern’ is well-suited for smaller gardens or landscapes where space is limited. Its upright, rounded growth habit makes it an excellent choice as a specimen tree or accent plant.
  • Deciduous Foliage: The green leaves of Magnolia ‘George Henry Kern’ are deciduous, meaning they fall off in autumn and regrow in spring. This cycle allows the tree to showcase its beautiful flowers without obstruction during the blooming season.
  • Fragrant Blooms: The flowers of ‘George Henry Kern’ are not only visually appealing but also fragrant, adding a delightful scent to the garden when in bloom. This fragrance can further enhance the overall sensory experience of the outdoor space.