Fothergilla gardenii, Dwarf Fothergilla, Witch Alder

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Native to southeastern coastal areas, Dwarf Fothergilla shines three seasons of the year. Spring brings sweetly-scented, white bottlebrush flowers that welcome pollinators. Its summer dress is a pretty green. Fall leaf color is spectacular, turning exquisite shades of yellow, orange or red that brighten up the woodland garden.

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Tags: Spiraea japonica – Japanese Spirea, Salix discolor – Pussywillow, Euonymus alatus – Burning Bush, Berberis thunbergii – Japanese Barberry, Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-8, Use as a hedge, foundation plant, an underplanting for shade and flowering trees, en masse, Let it attain its natural, even, symmetrical shape as pruning can reduce flowering, Most prolific (flowers) & colorful (foliage) in sun, Water Requirements: Moist, Wet, Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade, Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained, acidic, Attracts bees and wasps, Twiggy, zig-zag stems provide winter interest, Intolerant of drought, very dry sites, and prolonged flooding; no serious pests or diseases; deer may browse flowers and new growth, Fall colors (yellow, orange, crimson, burgundy) vary year to year depending on environmental factors, Fuzzy, white terminal flower clusters early spring, Soft, hairy, gray-green foliage, Slow-growing, small deciduous shrub with rounded-to-mounding form