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Franklinia alatamaha (franklinia; Franklin tree)

Synonyms: Franklinia americana; Gordonia altamaha; Gordonia franklinii; Gordonia pubescens; Lacathea florida; Lasianthus pubescens; Michauxia sessilis

Wikipedia Abstract

Franklinia is a monotypic genus in the tea plant family, Theaceae. The sole species in this genus is a flowering tree, Franklinia alatamaha, commonly called the Franklin tree, and native to the Altamaha River valley in Georgia in the southeastern United States. It has been extinct in the wild since the early 19th century, but survives as a cultivated ornamental tree.In the past, some botanists have included Franklinia within the related genus Gordonia.
View Wikipedia Record: Franklinia alatamaha

Endangered Species

Status: Extinct in the wild
View IUCN Record: Franklinia alatamaha


Height [1]  20 feet (6.1 m)
Width [1]  12.5 feet (3.8 m)
Air Quality Improvement [1]  None
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Carbon Capture [1]  Low
Screening - Summer [2]  Moderate
Screening - Winter [2]  Porous
Shade Percentage [1]  82 %
Temperature Reduction [1]  Low
Wind Reduction [1]  Low
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 5 Low Temperature: -20 F° (-28.9 C°) → -10 F° (-23.3 C°)
Hardiness Zone Maximum [1]  USDA Zone: 8 Low Temperature: 10 F° (-12.2 C°) → 20 F° (-6.7 C°)
Light Preference [2]  Mixed Sun/Shade
Soil Acidity [2]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [2]  Intermediate
Water Use [1]  High to Moderate
Flower Color [2]  White
Foliage Color [2]  White-Gray
Fruit Color [2]  Brown
Fall Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Flower Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Bloom Period [2]  Late Summer
Drought Tolerance [2]  Low
Fire Tolerance [2]  None
Frost Free Days [2]  6 months 20 days
Fruit/Seed Abundance [2]  Low
Fruit/Seed Begin [2]  Fall
Fruit/Seed End [2]  Fall
Growth Form [2]  Single Crown
Growth Period [2]  Spring, Summer
Growth Rate [2]  Moderate
Leaf Type [3]  Deciduous
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Propagation [2]  Bare Root, Container, Cutting, Seed
Root Depth [2]  24 inches (61 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [2]  Slow
Seed Vigor [2]  Low
Shape/Orientation [2]  Irregular
Structure [3]  Tree
Vegetative Spread Rate [2]  None

Range Map

North America;



Attributes / relations provided by 1i-Tree Species v. 4.0, developed by the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station and SUNY-ESF using the Horticopia, Inc. plant database. 2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture 3Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
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