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
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.
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
Moist to Average
Flowering TimeLt. Sum-Fall