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Franklinia alatamaha

Franklinia alatamaha

More About Franklinia alatamaha

  • Pyramidal habit when young, eventually rounding
  • Fragrant, white, buttercup-like flowers grace the plant
  • Each flower sports a boss of egg-yolk yellow centre stamens
  • Glossy, pointed, oval leaves hang as if the plant is wilting
  • Fall colour is orange-red, often contrasting with late flowers
  • Gray bark is striated with white
  • Bloom Time: Late summer into fall
  • Flower Size: 6 cm

Interesting Notes:

Franklinia, named after Ben Franklin, was once a native plant in a particular Georgia forest but is now extinct except for cultivated specimens. It is known to perform better in cooler climates than its native habitat.

Zone:

5b

Height:

4-5 m

Spread:

4-5 m

Colour:

White
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Franklin Tree Growing and Maintenance Tips

The Franklin tree can be difficult to cultivate, especially in urban environments. It grows best in a sandy, acidic soil, and does not tolerate drought, compacted soil, excessive moisture, or any root disturbance. Usually grown as a multi-stemmed plant, it can be trained as a tree form.


Franklinia alatamaha Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Fragrant
Fragrant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall

Habit

Rounded
Pyramidal

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen