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Cultural Details for Franklinia alatamaha

Common Name:
Franklinia; Franklin Tree

Growth Rate:

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Flower Details:
Perfect, white, 5-petaled, yellow center of stamens, very striking, fragrant; blooming in July-early August and sometimes into September

Fruit Details:
Woody, 5 valved capsule, 0.5-0.75" in diameter, splitting into ten segments; a rather curious fruit on close inspection and one which is not easily forgotten

Fall Color:
Orange and red

Bark Details:
Smooth, gray, broken by irregular vertical fissures; trunks assume a slight fluted condition; a very attractive feature.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Wilt caused by Phytophthora cinnamoni species is serious in propagating beds and container-grown plants.

Native Habitat:
Once, the wilds of Georgia

Other Features:
Discovered by John Bartram in 1770 along the Altamaha River in Georgia, this plant has not been seen in the wild since 1790. All known specimens are derived from Bartram's original collection.

Culture and Care:
Hard to transplant because of it's sparsely fibrous root system; best to move as a small container specimen. Requires moist, acid, well drained soil which has been supplied with ample organic matter, and prefers full sun

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.