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Franklinia alatamaha

Franklinia alatamaha
Common name Franklin tree
Family theaceae
Life cycle tree (Z5-9)
Flowers white (late summer)
Size 10-25'
Light sun-light shade
Cultural notes moist garden soil

We planted this famous (at least in botanical circles) tree in our front yard to celebrate the birth of our middle child, Benjamin. The small tree had a few flowers the next season, but none the following year. We kept hoping for our tree to come into its own and take off - but it never did grow, and lived up to its name as a finnicky tree in our garden. Every year, the leaf buds that formed in fall didn't survive the winter - new growth (bright red!) sprouted from the bare branches. Finally, it gave up altogether. I've tried growing new plants from seed several times now - getting seedlings to grow isn't too much of a problem, but I've not managed to keep them alive through a year in the garden. I'll probably try again...

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '06/'07 exchange. Seed had been stored moist and cold. Upon receiving: baggy 70F (22%G, 6-20d)
  2. Seed from HPS/MAG '07/'08 exchange, cold moist stored. Baggy 70F (14%G, 15-18d). Set pot out with rest of seed, 4/1/08. Also set out pot immediately upon receiving, 2/2/08
  3. Seed from HPS/MAG '09/'10 exchange. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (28%G, 9-28d)

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