LEGEND OF THE SMALL®

Bottlebrush

Fothergilla x intermedia

'NCFI1'

USPP 34,139; 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)
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.