September ‘Notable Tree’ Named for Benjamin Franklin

From the Hamden Tree Commission:

The Hamden Tree Commission is excited to announce the Hamden Notable Tree for the month of September, 2017.  This Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha) is located in the Spring Glen neighborhood of Hamden. The tree was first discovered in Georgia along the Altamaha River in the late 18th century and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

Though thought to be extinct in the wild, the tree has become quite popular as a cultivated ornamental tree. There is much folklore surrounding its discovery and naming. The tree was quite rare in the wild , only seen in the wild in a small area of Georgia. It took many years to cultivate the tree, and it is often referred to as the “first” rare tree.

This small deciduous tree is full grown at a height of 10 to 20 feet and blooms in late summer.  It is best known  for its beautiful flowers which have five white petals with bright yellow stamens and a sweet aroma, similar to orange blossoms or honeysuckle. Its long dark green leaves turn orange-red in the fall.

If you have a tree you would like to nominate, please send its location, an image and a few sentences describing the tree and what you think makes it notable to: help@hamden.com. Please include your name, address, email and phone number as well. Or you can mail your nomination to the Hamden Tree Commission care of the Mayor’s Office, Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518.

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