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x Gordlinia grandiflora

30th October 2019

A hybrid between Franklinia alatamaha (seed) and Gordonia lasianthus (pollen). Pollinated by Ranney and Fantz at North Carolina State University in 2002, nine seedlings were raised the following year. It is said to grow rapidly and form a small tree up to about 8m tall and perhaps half as wide. The leaves are semi-evergreen and colour well in the autumn.