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GSU Botanical Gardens by Stephanie Tames

Franklinia - A special fragrant summer tree

    July isn’t usually the month for flowering trees, but one native waits until the heat of the summer to make its biggest impression. Franklinia altamaha boasts one of the most beautiful, and fragrant, flowers of the garden, and has one of the most interesting stories. The flower resembles a camellia in form, with its cupped, five-petaled flower. Almost 240 years ago, the famous naturalists John and William Bartram stumbled across a beautiful tree growing along the Altamaha River in south Georgia. They collected the seed from the tree on a subsequent trip and named it Franklinia altamaha in honor ...

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