Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8
Additional Tags: colonizing, fall interest, fragrant flowers, hedging plant, mounding, shade garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Fothergilla gardeniiAlso known as:
Dwarf witchalder is a compact, dense, deciduous shrub that only grows to about 3 feet tall. Its fragrant, white flowers are petal-less and bloom in upright, spikes with conspicuous white stamens.These give the flowers the appearance of a short bottle-brush or elongated pom pom. The foliage of this species emerges after the flowers. Its green leaves are leathery, oblong and produce brilliant hues of yellow, orange, and red in fall. The divided, crooked stems are attractive when bare providing this species with year-round interest.
Fothergilla gardenii is native to the southeastern United Sates and grows best in moist well-drained, acidic soil; conditions similar to those ideal for rhododendrons and azaleas. Dwarf witchalder will tolerate somewhat drier conditions in part-shade, however it flowers best in full sun. It may be used as a specimen, or in mass plantings and hedges. This species may colonize by root suckers. Blooms April and May. Zones 7-8
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or by separating suckers from mature plants. It is difficult to propagate from seed.
Dwarf witchalder makes an excellent foundation plant, but is just as suitable for borders, hedges and light-shade gardens. It is a great background shrub for perennial beds.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, FL, GA, NC, SC
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: FL
- Threatened: GA
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