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Franklinia alatamaha (Ben Franklin Tree)

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A legendary small tree originally found along the Alatamaha River in Georgia in 1770 but now extinct in the wild. Lovely white camellia-like flowers with golden centers bloom in late summer. Fall color ranges from scarlet to burgundy red. Sorry we cannot guarantee this item.

Franklinia alatamaha (Ben Franklin Tree)

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A legendary and highly ornamental small tree originally found along the banks of the Alatamaha River in Georgia by John Bartram in 1770. Now considered extinct in the wild, its lovely white camellia-like flowers with golden centers bloom from July through September. Fall color can range from brilliant scarlet to burgundy red. Culture is similar to that for rhododendrons; humus-rich, acid soil with excellent drainage is required. Protection from strong winds is also advised. Sorry we cannot guarantee this item.

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Name Franklinia alatamaha (Ben Franklin Tree)
Nursery Only No
Plant Height 10-20 ft
Plant Width 8-15 ft
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8
Sun Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Moisture Average
Bloom Color White
Fragrant No
Bloom Period September-October
Deer Resistant No
Attracts Wildlife Bees
U.S. Native Yes
New Offering No
Common Name Ben Franklin Tree
Catalog Category Trees, Shrubs & Vines