Franklinia; Franklin Tree
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - TreeGrowth Rate - MediumMature Height - 10-20'Mature Width - 6-15'Longevity -
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Perfect, white, 5-petaled, yellow center of stamens, very striking, fragrant; blooming in July-early August and sometimes into SeptemberFruit - 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 forgottenLeaf - Fall Color - Orange and redBark - Smooth, gray, broken by irregular vertical fissures; trunks assume a slight fluted condition; a very attractive feature.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.Possible Use - Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - 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 sunNative Habitat - Once, the wilds of GeorgiaDiseases and Insects - Wilt caused by Phytophthora cinnamoni species is serious in propagating beds and container-grown plants.Strength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Franklinia.- Other plants of the family Theaceae.- Other plants of the genus Franklinia.- Other plants of the species Franklinia alatamaha.