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Franklinia Tree
Franklinia alatamaha 'Ben's Best'

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

Regional

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

Loreto, Massachusetts

Thomasville, North Carolina

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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.