Grows 25-feet tall, 15-feet wide
White late-summer blooms
Good fall color
Light: full to partial sun (prefers some afternoon shade)
Fun fact: ☺ John Bartram, America’s first naturalist, and son William found this tree in 1765 by Georgia’s Altamaha River and named it in honor of their friend, Benjamin Franklin.
A beautiful tree with a pyramidial shape, the Franklin Tree is a great option for a fall bloomer and a great native alternative to the crape myrtle.
By late summer, fragrant, white camellia-like flowers emerge with yellow centers.
Glossy green leaves, fuzzy on the bottom, also turn brilliant orange, red and purple in the fall. Naturally grows as a multi-stemmed tree but can be pruned as a single trunk. Makes an outstanding focal tree. Extinct in the wild.