Franklinia News and Links

Franklinia cross: The American Gardener (published by American Horticultural Society), May/June 2004 (Volume 83, Number 3), Gardener Notebook (page 48) carries a short article on the successful cross of Franklina and Schima argentea.

Large image              Franklinia photo

Franklinia and Altamaha River: The Nature Conservancy has a project to return the Franklina to its origins on the banks of the Altamaha River.  Nature Conservancy, Spring 2003, Sightings page 13.

Against All Odds: Growing Franklinia in Boston from Arnold Arboretum's Arnoldia Volume 63 number 4, 2005 for the centennial of their Franklinia.

Atlas of Early American History - The Revolutionary Era 1760-1790
Lester J Cappon, Editor-in-Chief
Princeton University Press

Text of article on pages 108-109:   Bartram.pdf  (2 pages)  and maps from page 33:

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Top of page 33              Bottom of page 33

Found this book in my local library.  It is old, so it may be out of print.  The pdf is a "Xerox", cut up and pasted on two sheet of papers and then scanned to pdf.  Book is too large to scan entire page at once. That is why columns are uneven.

Franklinia found in Maryland:   WROT     (If not longer available, here is a PDF:   Franklinia found in Maryland )   link found by K

Bartram Garden's Census Historic Bartram's Gardens Franklinia list in alphabetical order. Taken earlier 2000's.
Historic Bartram's Garden - The Franklinia Story Drawing of flower & fruit, history. See other areas of site for more information.
Franklinia (French Site) Appears to be detailed description.
Franklinia Alatamaha US Postage Stamp Photo of US Postage Stamp 6 3 Links
Wikipedia Short article
NC Natural's William Bartram Profile - page 2 History.
Missouri Botanical Garden This page is a description of Franklinia and its culture.  Excellent source for plant information.
Oregon State University Description.
Tree Trails Short history, photo
University of California, Davis: Rooting Database Rooting information.   Click to Search,  Click Genus, click F, click Franklinia.  
University of Connecticut Plant Database Detailed description. Photos.
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service Detail decription. US Range Map. There is a Franklinia at the University of Florida Leon County Extension Office arboretum (Thanks to Stan Rosenthal for letting me know).
University of Tennessee Tree Identification Tutorial Great photos, tree, fruit, etc., pronounce guide, and good general information.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Several Franklinia PDF.
America's 'First' Rare Plant The Franklinia Tree Excellent historical article.  Also available on page 183 in this pdf:  Spring-Summer 2006 issue, from Great photos, tree, fruit, etc., pronounce guide, and good general information.
History of Georgia Article on early history of Georgia which mentions the Altamaha river.
Garden Web Botany Forum Forum discussion of the Franklinia.
Arnold's Arboretum Franklinia Article - PDF download 2005 Article in PDF form. Includes photos and drawing, and citation for further research.
Floridata Short history and cultivation information. Site says Franklinia is susceptibility to verticillium wilt disease. Suggest sowing seeds immediately.
Looking for the Franklinia Reprint of an article from American Forestery - after 200 years could a wild Franklinia be located.
Franklinia Hybrid Hybrid of Franklinia and Schima argentea announced by NC State University.  HortScience October 2003 article  in pdf form. 
Tree of the Month PennStateExtension September 2012
New Georgia Encyclopedia Beautiful late summer-early fall photo

"We missed our way and fell four miles below Fort Barrington," wrote botanist John Bartram on October 1, 1765, while traveling in a swampy region on the coast of southeast Georgia. Rarely in botanical history has so small a peregrination lead to such fortuitous results. On that day Bartram reported a plant new to science.
The Mysterious Disappearance of the Franklin Trees
The Enigmatic History of Franklinia alatamaha

Photo of a Historical marker with brief Franklinia history

Book Cover
From the book:

F. alatamaha requires a sheltered woodland position in a very mild and favorable locality.It naturally develops an upright habit, and may reach a height ol 3 m. (10 ft.) or more. Specimens often display a tendency to branch from near the base, but there is no need to restrict growth to one stem. No regular pruning is necessary, apart from cutting back any growths from sheltering shrubs that overgrow it and compete for light.This should be done carefully to conceal the cuts, and to leave an informal effect.

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