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Fothergilla gardenii

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Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Fothergilla gardenii in fall

Fothergilla gardenii in fall

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Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Fothergilla gardenii

Fothergilla gardenii

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Fothergilla gardenii flowers

Fothergilla gardenii flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Witch Alder

Description:

A high caliber landscape shrub; features showy white "bottle-brush" flowers in spring on bare branches, spectacular fall colors and a very shapely rounded habit of growth, prefers light acidic soils; a great multipurpose garden plant

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Fothergilla features showy spikes of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The round leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Fothergilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Dwarf Fothergilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Fothergilla will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features