Genus: Franklinia

Franklinia

Photo/Illustration: 
Michael Dirr
(Franklinia)
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Theaceae
One species, F. alatamaha , makes up this genus. It is an upright, deciduous tree with glossy, oblong leaves that turn red in autumn. Three-inch, cup-shaped, fragrant white flowers with yellow stamens bloom from late spring to early fall. This tree is wonderful as a specimen or planted in an open woodland.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Native to Georgia, U.S. Thought to be extinct in the wild. Camellia-like flowers and colorful autumn foliage.
Care:  Grow in full sun in moist but well-drained, acidic to neutral soil that is rich in organic matter. Prune in late winter or early spring by removing wayward shoots.
Propagation: 

As soon as the seed is ripe, sow at 50-64°F, or use bottom heat to root softwood cuttings in summer.

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Franklin tree
Franklinia alatamaha
Problems: 

Flowers may be eaten by Japanese beetles.