Common Name: Gordlinia
Origin: Southeastern USA
This is an intergeneric hybrid between Franklinia alatamaha and Gordonia lasianthus. The result is a vigorous, shrubby tree with traits that are intermediate between the parents. The foliage is a glossy rich green transforming to plum, purple and orange tones in the fall and staying for much of the winter. Abundant, three-inch white blossoms with prominent yellow stamens bloom during late summer and autumn. The flowers have a mild, sweet fragrance. It was developed by Dr. Tom Ranney, NC State University. It is a rare plant and it will be interesting to see how well it performs at Crosslands.