Benjamin Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
Zone: 6 to 9
Exposure: Part shade
Height: 10′ to 15′
Width: 10′ to 15′
Bloom time: late summer / fall
Flower color: white with yellow center
The Benjamin Franklin tree is a native North American plant that is believed to be extinct in the wild.
Although the name says it’s a tree, this plant grows more like a bush if left to its own devices.
It has beautiful white flowers in the fall that are very fragrant and last until the first frost.
As an added bonus, the leaves also turn brilliant red in the fall.
This post was originally published on July 12, 2020 but was updated with new content on February 14, 2022.