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Brian McGowan
South Egremont, Massachussetts

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LEGEND OF THE FALL®

Bottlebrush

Fothergilla x intermedia

'ALICE'

PPAF; CBRAF

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  • Exceptional foliage color
  • Speedy production
  • Native to North America
Description

Fothergilla has always been appreciated for its spectacular autumn color, but Legend of the Fall® fothergilla sets a new standard for the species with brilliant, glowing hues of orange, yellow, and red. Spring brings a crop of fragrant white flowers. This plant was also selected for its improved production performance, a boon since this plant will surely be in high demand by landscapers and garden designers. 

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 4 - 5'

Width 4 - 5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Moist, acidic soils - good drainage is imperative.

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.