Franklinia alatamaha

Plant details

Common name

Franklin Tree

Zone information


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Folliage colour

Glossy dark-green

Flower colour

Showy white flower with yellow centre


Fall colour

Orange, red and purple

This small late summer flowering tree has glossy dark-green leaves that turn orange, red and purple in August and September (Pacific Northwest). It has showy fragrant white flowers with a yellow centre. The Franklin tree is known to be rare and thought extinct in the wild. Thanks go to Botanists John and William Bartram who saved the tree in 1773. Another fun fact: William named the tree in honor of his fathers friend Benjamin Franklin.

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