Franklin Tree

Franklinia alatamaha


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Key Features


Container Size

1 Gallon, 2 Gallon

Bloom Time

July, August

Bloom Color

Yellow, White

Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained.

Hardiness Zone

5, 6, 7, 8

Light Requirements

Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun

  • Description

    The Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha) 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.

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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