Franklinia alatamaha

Common name: Franklin Tree

Non-native plant

Franklinea alatamaha has been extirpated from the wild for more than 100 years--at least no one has been able to find it. Native much further south, but hardy here as long as it is not exposed to the north or west, a nice eastern exposure is best. The lustrous dark green foliage holds late into early winter and turns a rich orange, red and purple for fall. The fragrant, striking white flowers with yellow centers open in August. Requires rich, moist, acidic and well-drained soil in full sun.


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Price Level: 
Woodies- Specialty Tree Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site



Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Red Purple


Mature height
10 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
15 Feet

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