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Fothergilla gardenii | Fothergilla

CHARACTER
Native to MD, southeastern US and coastal plain, often found in pine forests and bogs. This 5′ tall rounded shrub has very cool cotton ball fluffy blooms that bring naturalizing interest to any border or foundation, and last for a nice long month. Spreads on its own by succoring if given a little space. Makes a nice companion for other natives, azaleas and rhododendrons. Fothergilla has crinkly bright green leaves reminiscent of witchhazel. Beautiful to lighten understory shadey spots. Plant something dense or dark for contrast behind to make it stand out since its appeal can be too subtle otehrwise.
CARE
Move B&B or in container. Does well in acid soil home. Trouble free, no pests.
NOTES
Has a variety of great fall colors
RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Blue Mist’ more delicate, with cooler blueish or smokey foliage, possibly not as hardy
‘Mt Airy’ From Cincinatti, another blue with abundant blooms

Fothergilla gardenii | above photo: Jennifer Benner

Fothergilla gardenii | above photo: Jennifer Benner

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 5 – 8 | full sun to part shade
GROWTH RATE ….. slow
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 5′ to 6′, sometimes not as large
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Loose, mounded in general, with angular zig-zag branching
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 1″-2.5″ obovate, thick and crinkly, leaves look almost exactly like Hamamelis
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | dark green to blueish, turning bright yellow, orange or scarlet in fall
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | 1″ white, fragrant honey scented, puffy filament balls, sometimes appearing before leaves
STEM | greenish to light brown, angular
NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL does well in moist to dry and slightly alkaline
Native MD to FL and west to TX
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