Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Franklin Tree

Read here about the Franklinia, discovered in the 18th century by the Bartrams, named for his friend Ben Franklin, and now extinct in the wild. All of the ones in cultivation are descended from a few seeds the Bartrams collected so the population is limited and genetically fragile. Here's a picture of mine. It has been in the ground for several years and is about 4 feet tall now. This one is a touch chlorotic but the flowers were lovely.

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The buds look like slightly fuzzy, pale green ping pong balls.
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