What tree or shrub is virtually extinct? It has not been seen in the wild since 1790.
Answer: Franklinia alatamaha. Apparently, this tree was discovered on the bank of the Altamaha River in Georgia in 1770 by John Bartram who collected a few for his garden, but this plant has not been seen in the wild since 1790. According to Michael Dirr, the tree guru mentioned above, it is a handsome small specimen tree or large shrub with showy white flowers and lovely fall color. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like a piece of history in your landscape.