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Franklinia alatamaha

Franklinia, Franklin Tree

  • »  Fragrant white flowers smell like honeysuckle
  • »  Striking fall foliage color
  • »  Historically significant and rare
  • »  Saved from extinction in colonial times
  • »  Perfect for bird nesting and cover
  • »  A great choice for smaller landscape spaces

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This small specimen tree is valued for its showy, white, late summer flowers and striking yellow to orange to red fall color. Native but extinct in the wild, it was saved from extinction in colonial times and is a ravishingly unique tree for the home landscape. Perfect for partial shade. An under-used but beautiful small specimen tree. Upright branches hold dark green summer foliage and 3 to 5" diameter fragrant white flowers from late July through August. Excellent orange-red fall color.

Full Sun
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Franklinia alatamaha

Best grown in moist, well-drained soils rich in organic matter. Good drainage is a must. Plant in full sun in more northerly climates but will appreciate some afternoon shade in warmer zones. May not be reliably winter hardy in the northern parts of USDA Zone 5 where it should be planted in a protected location.