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PlantFiles: Franklinia Tree
Franklinia alatamaha 'Ben's Best'

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Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Franklinia (frank-LIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: alatamaha (uh-lah-tah-MAH-hah) (Info)
Cultivar: Ben's Best

Category:
Trees

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive fel On Jul 6, 2009, fel from Wynnewood, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Cute little tree, with an occasional flower (this year we had 3 in late spring). Grows very very slowly. Nice speciman for garden -- lovely shape, provides minor shade to surrounding Heuchera's, Tiarella's, and Irises. This was a native plant to the Eastern US that is now extinct in the wild.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glenview, Illinois
Thomasville, North Carolina
Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania



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