Small native (extinct in the wild) understory tree named after Ben Franklin. Fragrant white flowers and red fall color. 10 – 20’ ht. It is prized for its fragrant white flowers, similar to single white Camellia blossoms; the smell may remind some of orange blossoms or honeysuckle. The tree has a symmetrical, somewhat pyramidal shape, often with different individuals of the species forming almost identical crowns. It frequently suckers and can form several vertical trunks close to ground level. The bark is gray with vertical white striations and has a ridged texture. The alternate, obovate leaves are up to 6 in (15 cm) in length and turn a bright orange-red in the fall. Once established, F. alatamaha can live a century or more.
18″ bare root.