The Franklin Tree is not native to East Tennessee, but is a prized specimen tree in the Arboretum. The Franklin Tree was native only in the Altamaha River valley of Georgia when they were discovered in the late 1700's by John Bartram and his son William. By the early 1800's there were none to be found. Thanks to the Bartram's collecting the seeds of the Franklinia alatamaha and propagating them in their garden outside of Philadelphia the species survived and all existing Franklin Tree's are descendants of the Bartram's Garden. It took many years for the tree to be named and in 1785, after it was learned that it was a unique genus, the Bartram's decided to name it after their dear family friend Benjamin Franklin.
The tree in the Arboretum has found an area that it likes. It is a vary finicky tree to grow, it has a good cold tolerance and also drought resistant, liking more northern climates. It also has the odd characteristic of taken the seed pod 13 to 15 months to mature requiring basically 2 growing seasons.
Franklin Tree Leaves Townsend River Walk & Arboretum
Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday 2020.04.25 Supporting the TRWA
The Tuckaleechee Garden Club will be participating in the Blount County Garden Club Plant Sale April 25, 2020 at 8:00 am.
Proceeds from the plants and other items sold by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club goes 100% to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum project. Stop by and purchase some plants, garden items and leave a little extra donation to help support the River Walk.
Your plant purchase helps continue the growth and maintenance of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum. Some of the projects that are currently scheduled are: Fencing & Arbors for the Pollinator & Memorial Garden, Gravel for the Entries areas to the River Walk, Rack Cards to help promote the River Walk & Arboretum as well as many other smaller projects around the TRWA. The labor is free but it requires some additional funding to keep up with the purchasing of materials to properly maintain the River Walk & Arboretum. Your contributions by purchasing a plant or making a donation goes a long way to keeping the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum an East TN treasure.