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Franklinia alatamaha

Franklin Tree
Zone: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Exposure: Part Shade
Plant Category: Shade & Flowering Trees
Height: Minimum 10 feet , Maximum 20 feet
Width: Minimum 6 feet , Maximum 12 feet
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A rare and interesting small tree, to 20' now found only in cultivation. The large leaves are lustrous green above and pale beneath in summer and turn to scarlet crimson before dropping in the fall. Lovely, creamy white cup-shaped flowers open during hot, late summer days continuing on into fall some years. It's a striking show: white flowers at the same time as the scarlet foliage! Native to Georgia, but hardy to Massachusetts. It is not a fast grower and prefers moist but well drained, acidic soil.
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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:28 PM

The Franklin Tree was found on a river bank in Georgia and has since disappeared from the wild. The tree will grow to about 20', has rich scarlet fall color and flowers at the same time; they are a challenge to grow and I don't guarantee them. zone 7

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:28 PM

A good candidate for the best place on your property (B. Miles)... shiny dark-green leaves are a perfect foil for large white camellia-like flowers in late summer ; then turn red in fall; unknown in the wild since the 1790' s. PSh/Med/GdDrain

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:28 PM

A very ornamental North American native tree. White flowers in fall just in time for the burgundy leaves for a great show! Slow growing to 15' or more. Moist rich soil.

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Name City/State Email Phone Prod Type Availability
Colciar & Hughes LLC Tualatin, OR Email now 503-638-9035 Container: 1
Heritage Seedlings & Liners Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-585-9835 Container: 3 Liner: 3 Seedling: 3
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Boring, OR Email now 503-663-4128 Container: X
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  • Peace of Mind Nursery Inc. West Linn, OR Email now 503-949-4944 BB: X Container: 1
    Youngblood Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-390-8619 Container: 2