Mt Cuba Center
close
Mt Cuba Center
Back to list

Franklinia alatamaha

Native Plants

Franklinia

4 Photos


Summary

Franklinia is a stunning small specimen tree for the garden, reaching 20-30’ tall at maturity. In late summer, it produces pure white, 3″ flowers over several weeks, followed by excellent fall foliage ranging from yellow to orange, red, and purple. Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, this tree has garnered attention because it was last seen in nature in 1803 and survives only because of plants originally propagated by John Bartram. Franklinia can be a challenge to grow because it requires precise moisture levels, well-drained, nutrient-rich acidic soils, and protection from environmental stress. Several excellent garden companions include Kalmia latifolia, Polystichum acrostichoides, Rhododendron atlanticum, Leucothoe axillaris, Zenobia pulverulenta, and Fothergilla gardenii.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, orange, purple, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown