Franklin tree Theaceae Franklinia
alatamaha Bartram ex Marsh.
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, narrowly obovate, finely serrated, 3 to 6 inches long, dark shiny green above, paler and hairy below.
Flower: Showy, white with 5 petals arranged cup-like, yellow stamens in center, 2 to 3 inches across, appearing in late summer and up to first frost.
Fruit: Nearly round woody capsule, 3/4 inch across, initially green and turning brown when ripe, splits 5 ways from the base.
Twig: Moderate, brown, and somewhat silky, leaf scars shield-shaped, buds are hairy and taper to a long point.
Bark: Thin, gray to reddish brown, develops shallow vertical splits with age.
Form: A shrub or small tree with a spreading open crown, may reach up to 20 feet.
Looks like: sweetbay magnolia
- loblolly bay
| Additional Range Information:
Franklinia alatamaha is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Franklin tree.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson