Sunday, November 08, 2009

Franklin Tree



Franklin Tree
Franklinia alatamaha
(frank-LIN-ee-uh) (uh-lah-tah-MAH-hah)

Yesterday there was a little extra time in the day so I checked out Lasdon Park in Westchester County.

It is quite a beautiful garden that is big and well cared for but not overwhelming or overdone. In fact I wanted some pictures of seed heads and broken down perennials but they had dutifully cut them all back already.


Seeing this Franklin tree in flower and fall foliage was a rare treat. They really had some nice other trees at the arboretum. The Franklin tree is named after Ben Franklin and is considered extinct in the wild. It is probably the latest flowering tree around here.

Here is a link for more information:
New Georgia Encyclopedia – Franklin Tree . I like how they refer to it as “The Lost Camellia”.

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17 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

That's a neat tree. Thanks for learning me something this a.m.

Tes said...

Beautiful capture! Thanks for the info. I learned something today! Thanks!

Janet said...

Wow Chris!! I love this tree and am have a space in mind for it in our new SC home. One of our Learning Garden folks is a direct descendant of the tree's discoverer. Great photo!!

kbguy said...

I like the first 2 photos with the blur background. You are using zoom or macro ?

Nance said...

The first photo looks interesting, almost look like roasted marshmallow! ;)
A very interesting tree...I'll google it to find out where to buy one.

VALKYRIEN said...

Gorgeous flower - I love the first one with the bud. Beautiful depth in that one.

Have a nice week!

Happily Retired Gal said...

Wonderful photo series and fascinating info about this tree with which I was previously unfamiliar. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

Arija said...

What lovely flowers, they remind me of both evergreen magnolias and water lilies.

January said...

lovely flowers from bud to bloom.. perfect shots too...

cookie said...

i hope you don't mind, but the first pic looks a little like a marshmallow :)

lovely photos :)

my flower post is up too...
http://scroochchronicles.com/?p=2067

chubskulit said...

simple but gorgeous!

I have wild flower on mine.

Quilt Works said...

Wow! I've never seen frankling tree before, it is beautiful!



Forget-me-nots are my contributions to flowers today

Carletta said...

Excellent and lovely macros!
I had never heard of this tree - thanks for sharing it.

Tricia said...

Isn't that pretty, I really like those big white petals.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Splendid Little Stars said...

That's fascinating! The first photo was a mystery; the second, mystery unveiled. a lovely blossom, well-captured!

kris at Blithewold said...

Thank you for inspiring me to post about this tree too! It's a beauty especially at this very moment!