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Franklinia alatamaha

Common Name(s):
Franklinia
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Franklin tree usualy grows as a single trunked tree with a rounded crown but it can also be a multi-trunked shrub.  Prefers full sun, but some afternoon shade the summer.    It can be difficult to transplant because of a sparsely fibrous root system, so plan well when planting.  Lovely tree but it can struggle in urban conditions.

Native to Georgia.

Seasons of Interest: 

     Leaves: Fall; Bloom: Late Summer early Fall, showy

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: Consider planting in raised beds in areas with heavy clay.  Do not plant where cotton has been grown as there is a pathogen that affects cotton that also affects Franklin trees.  Wilt and root rot can also be serious problems. In general, this tree has a reputation for being difficult to grow.

Height:
10-20 ft.
Foliage:
5" long glossy, narrow, oblong, green simple leaves turn red, orange, and purple with fall color.
Flower:
Sweetly fragrant; 3 in. white camellia-like flowers with egg yolk yellow stamens late summer early fall
Zones:
5-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to light shade; moist, well-drained organically rich soil; dislikes wet sites
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright; spreading branches
Width:
6-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
5-6 in. alternate, simple leaves; maroon fall color; holds leaves late into fall
Tags:
showy flowers, deciduous, fall color, specimen, fragrant, fall interest

NCCES plant id: 1998

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