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Old 08-13-2017, 08:40 AM
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Location: Algood/Cookeville TN
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I was wondering if anyone has ever planted a Franklin Tree and if so, how it turned out for them. I am planning on adding some trees to our yard and have always wanted to plant one of these, but I know that they can be finicky and hard to establish.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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From the research I have read on it, it's "native range" was the Deep South along the AL/GA line, but it appears people have had more luck getting it to grow north of there. A theory is that after the last ice age it somehow got isolated and didn't make its journey northward like it should have.

There is a hybrid where it is crossed with Gordonia lasianthus...

Franklinia X Gordonia lasianthus - X Gordlinia grandiflora - Wholesale

Here's the thread I started recently about Gordonia lasianthus...

Loblolly Bay (Gordonia lasianthus)
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:07 PM
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I actually first discovered Franklinia in a Wayside Garden catalog about 30 years ago. Always wanted one but living in Central Florida was pretty much a no go for it. Now that I am in Tennessee, I've actually found a local tree nursery that has them. So I'm going to give it my best shot; just have to decide what location. I can either put it in full sun in front or in back where it gets some shade in the afternoon. It appears to do best for blooms and fall color in full sun but in places where it gets pretty hot during the summer it may do better with some shade.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:32 AM
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I got my Franklin Tree planted this morning. It is about 7 ft and bloomed last year, so I've got high hopes for it. Also got a 10 ft Pink Kousa Dogwood put in so hoping for some nice color in the front yard this year.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:20 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I got my Franklin Tree planted this morning. It is about 7 ft and bloomed last year, so I've got high hopes for it. Also got a 10 ft Pink Kousa Dogwood put in so hoping for some nice color in the front yard this year.
In Ohio, the garden columnist used to say the Franklinia was his favorite tree. If I had a spot, I would definitely plant one.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:32 AM
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In Ohio, the garden columnist used to say the Franklinia was his favorite tree. If I had a spot, I would definitely plant one.
I was so happy to be able to get one; been waiting 35 years to be where I could put one in. I was astounded that a tree farm five miles from me had some. The owner likes to have some unusual trees as well as the standards. He said he can't believe how many calls he gets from all over the country from people wanting them; one drove over 400 miles to pick one up. Last year he ordered a thousand seedlings and got ten. So he ordered ten thousand this year and hopes to maybe get fifty to a hundred.
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Old 03-26-2018, 06:31 PM
 
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I was so happy to be able to get one; been waiting 35 years to be where I could put one in. I was astounded that a tree farm five miles from me had some. The owner likes to have some unusual trees as well as the standards. He said he can't believe how many calls he gets from all over the country from people wanting them; one drove over 400 miles to pick one up. Last year he ordered a thousand seedlings and got ten. So he ordered ten thousand this year and hopes to maybe get fifty to a hundred.
If itís not too late, our local garden column just focused on a new tree called the Sweet Tea Gordlinia, which is a cross between the franklinia and something else. Anyhow, it is supposedly the be all end all, with all the best features of both. You might check into it.
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