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Franklin Tree

Franklinia alatamaha

Boasting creamy white blossoms in late summer, this historical native multi-stemmed tree deserves a prominent location in the landscape. Dark green leaves turn orange and red in the fall, often in combination with a few late flowers. Subtly striped branches and persistent seed capsules add winter interest. Makes an ideal specimen tree or large shrub.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Average Size at MaturityGrows to 10 to 20 ft. tall and 6 to 15 ft. wide
Bloom TimeSummer through early fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureFall Color
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Provide rich, slightly acidic soil with excellent drainage. Plant in a protected location in northern areas. Tolerates full sun in cooler climates; performs best with some afternoon shade in hot summer areas. Apply a layer of mulch over the entire root area, and follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-8

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