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Legend of the Small™ with white blooms Legend of the Small™ with mounded habit Legend of the Small™ with yellow, orange, and red leaves in autumn
photo of Dr. Tom Ranney

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Dr. Tom Ranney
North Carolina, USA

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LEGEND OF THE SMALL™

Bottlebrush

Fothergila x intermedia

'NCFI1'

USPPAF ; CBRAF

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Legend of the Small™ with white blooms Legend of the Small™ with mounded habit Legend of the Small™ with yellow, orange, and red leaves in autumn
  • Native to North America
  • Great Fall Color
  • Fragrant
Description

A true, small-leaf, small-stature Fothergilla x intermedia from Tom Ranney and his team at NCSU. After trialing about a dozen of his selections, this was the clear winner in terms of vigor, flower power, and fall color. It produces an abundance of bottle brush-like white flowers, has a well-branched mounded habit, and small bluish-green leaves that turn an attractive blend of yellow, orange, and red in autumn.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/ -28.8° C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 2-2.5'

Width 2-4'

Finish Time 1.5 seasons

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green, Blue

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.