Troublesome Plant – Camellias
(Camellia japonica cvs.)
1. Franklin Tree
Name: Franklinia alatamaha
USDA hardiness zones: 6 to 9
Size: 15 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil
Camellia is difficult to grow in the Northeast because it is tender. The Franklin tree (named after Benjamin Franklin) has 3-inch-wide white flowers centered with a cluster of bright yellow stamens. It is closely related to camellia: Its flowers have a sweet fragrance and bloom, in most years, from late July until mid-October. Unlike camellia, which is evergreen, Franklin tree puts on a brilliant fall-foliage display of fire-engine red before the leaves drop. All nursery plants are descendants of seeds collected in the 18th century; the plant became extinct in the wild by the early 19th century.
Troublesome Plant – Common Lilacs
(Syringa vulgaris cvs.)
2. ‘Lilac Sunday’ Lilac
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