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Franklin Tree crisp white flower with ruffled petals and bright yellow stamens
A young Franklin Tree planted in a landscape with the large white blooms and fall color beginning to show on the green foliage.
A close up of a young Franklin Tree planted in a landscape with the large white blooms and fall color beginning to show on the green foliage.
Franklin Tree crisp white flower with ruffled petals and bright yellow stamens
A young Franklin Tree planted in a landscape with the large white blooms and fall color beginning to show on the green foliage.
A close up of a young Franklin Tree planted in a landscape with the large white blooms and fall color beginning to show on the green foliage.

UNIQUE AND RARE NATIVE TREE WITH SWEET, FRAGRANT WHITE BLOOMS

FEATURES:

  • Large, fragrant white flowers emerge in mid-summer through early fall
  • Blooms resembles those of the Stewartia or Camellia
  • Dark glossy green foliage emerges in spring and lasts through summer
  • Fantastic fall color in vivd shades of purple, crimson, and scarlet-orange
  • Stunning as a specimen tree, aside your patio, or by your front door
  • Extinct in the wild since 1803
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Franklin Tree

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Franklinia alatamaha

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UNIQUE AND RARE NATIVE TREE WITH SWEET, FRAGRANT WHITE BLOOMS

FEATURES:

  • Large, fragrant white flowers emerge in mid-summer through early fall
  • Blooms resembles those of the Stewartia or Camellia
  • Dark glossy green foliage emerges in spring and lasts through summer
  • Fantastic fall color in vivd shades of purple, crimson, and scarlet-orange
  • Stunning as a specimen tree, aside your patio, or by your front door
  • Extinct in the wild since 1803
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Why plant Franklin Tree?

If you’re passionate about trees and fascinated with their histories, then the Franklin Tree, or Franklinia, is a must-have for your collection. Once native to the U.S., this rare and exquisite flowering tree is now extinct in the wild and survives only as a specimen in gardens. And what a specimen it is! In addition to beautiful flowers and a captivating story, the Franklin Tree has something else to offer—amazing fall color! When the days turn crisp and cool, its Magnolia-like leaves heat up, taking on shades of purple, crimson, and scarlet-orange. Sometimes there are even some late white flowers nestled amongst the fiery foliage.

Franklinia was discovered in Georgia in 1765 by John and William Bartram, father and son plant explorers from Pennsylvania. They named the lovely new tree for their good family friend, Benjamin Franklin. William returned to that little grove of trees in 1776 to collect seed, and it’s fortunate he did, because except for one disputed sighting by another botanist in 1803, the Franklin Tree was never seen in the wild again. All of the Franklinias in the world today are descendants of that crop of seedlings William Bartram raised on his Pennsylvania farm during the Revolutionary War.

How to use Franklin Tree in the landscape?

In August and September, when most trees are simply green, Franklinia will grace your mixed border, patio area, or entryway garden with elegant, fragrant white flowers measuring three inches wide or more. They resemble the blossoms of Camellias and Stewartias, to which the Franklin Tree is related. They’re reason enough to throw a garden party!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-8

How To Plant Franklin Tree

Franklinia is a rather persnickety tree and isn’t a good choice for the novice gardener. However, if your thumbs are green, it will be the pride and joy of your garden. Give Franklin Tree a site in full sun or very light shade with moist but well-drained, acidic soil that has lots of organic matter worked in. Despite being a Southern belle, it’s surprisingly cold-hardy and does well in much of New England, provided the soil is to its liking. This is normally a short-lived tree, though a couple of well-tended specimens at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston are over 100 years old.

How To Water

Water regularly after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

How To Fertilize

During fall, feed your Franklina Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

How To Prune

Minimal pruning is needed but the best time to do is when the tree is dormant. Franklinia should be pruned to remove any damaged to dying branches, or to maintain the natural, open branching structure.

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How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care. We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL and bigger, will take approximately 21 to 28 days to be delivered, during live shipping periods.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees

3-YEAR-TREE GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

 

Reach out to a Plant Whisperer with any questions:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

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Really nice tree

Really nice tree. Great specimen with nice form right around 5’ tall after being planted. Looking forward to next Spring.

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Really nice tree

Really nice tree. Great specimen with nice form right around 5’ tall after being planted. Looking forward to next Spring.