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Franklinia alatamaha

Franklinia

This is the almost legendary Camellia relative discovered in one spot in Georgia and introduced and named for Benjamin Franklin by John and William Bartram in 1770.  I has not been seen again in the wild since 1790 or maybe 1804. Many have searched unsuccessfully for it and all plants in cultivation today descend from the early collections. It is a deciduous tree with upright spreading branches with fissures in smooth gray bark. It bears large showy white flowers like single roses in summer. Usually has good fall color. Often mistakenly believed to have been found in swampland but this tree needs very good drainage, especially in the South where root rot invariably kills plants put in poorly drained sites. A garden treasure for the real plant conoisseur.

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Height
10-15 Feet

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Spread
6-10 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Deciduous
Growth Rate in the Garden
Slow
Soil Properties
Well-drained
Sun Requirements
Full Sun