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Fothergilla gardenii

Bottlebrush

Fothergilla gardenii

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Close up of Fothergilla gardenii white blooms Fothergilla gardenii blooming in a bed of mulch Fothergilla gardenii heavy blooming
  • Native
  • Fragrant
  • Excellent fall color
Description

This straight-species forthergilla is a small refined shrub with fragrant white bottlebrush-like flowers in early spring. Brilliant orange, red and yellow fall foliage. This is a fine native plant that's always in demand by landscapers.

USDA Zone
5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
2 - 4'
Width
2 - 4'
Finish Time
2 seasons
Type
Deciduous
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Green
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4"

Soil

Moist, well-drained, acidic soils. Needs good drainage.

Pruning

Little pruning is required - prune after flowering if desired. Avoid cutting into thick stems unless removing them entirely, as recovery will be slow.

Uses

Mixed borders; foundation plantings; woodland gardens.

Growing Tips

Though tolerant of shade, flowering and fall color are best with at least some sun each day. Plant where its fragrance can be enjoyed.