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Franklin Tree

Franklin Tree

Franklinia alatamaha

Featured Plant Category: Focal point, Pollinator Plants

Height: 10-20'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: July to August

Bloom Color: White, yellow center

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8

Other Names: Franklinia alatamaha

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$29.99

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Description

The Franklin Tree has been extinct in the wild since 1803. It was first discovered growing abundantly in a 2-3 acre stretch along the Altamaha River in Georgia by John and William Bartram in 1765. William Bartram collected seeds and grew the tree successfully in his garden in Philadelphia, and all specimens in existence today are descendants of the trees William grew. The Franklin tree has never again been observed in the wild. William named the tree after the one and only Ben Franklin, a close friend of John Bartram’s.

This specimen tree has beautiful, large white flowers that bloom from July to August, and their fragrance is reminiscent of orange blossoms or honeysuckle. The leaves turn a brilliant red/orange/purple in the fall, making this tree a striking addition to any garden. The Franklin Tree is host to the Promethea Silkmoth (pictured above) and also attracts hummingbirds. Once established, this tree can live for a century or more.

Additional information

Height

10-20'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

July to August

Bloom Color

White, yellow center

Soil Moisture

Medium

Soil Type

Organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone

5,6,7,8

Other Names

Franklinia alatamaha

Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.