Dwarf Fothergilla, Dwarf Witch Alder

Fothergilla 'Blue Shadow'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery
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Dwarf Fothergilla, Dwarf Witch Alder (Fothergilla 'Blue Shadow')
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Synonyms:  Fothergilla gardenii, Fothergilla major
Genus:  Fothergilla

These shrubs are beautiful, compact, and easy to grow, making them obvious choices for mixed borders, foundation plantings, and naturalizing. The fragrant, bottlebrush flowers are petalless and sweetly-scented.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Easy to grow. Fragrant, bottlebrush flowers. Good fall color. U.S. native.

Care: 

Grow in consistently moist but well-drained, acidic soil in full sun or partial shade. Do not let dry out between waterings. Prune only to maintain a healthy framework. Best fall color develops from at least three hours of direct sun.

Propagation: 

Take softwood cuttings, or sow seed in a cold frame in fall or winter.

Problems: 

Usually trouble-free.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
White
Style
Foliage
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Natives

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