Dwarf fothergilla

Fothergilla gardenii

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii)
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Genus:  Fothergilla
Fragrant, cylindrical inflorescences are made up of long, white filaments, and open before the leaves in spring. In autumn, the foliage shades range from blood red to blazing yellow, and every shade in between.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This species is similar to, but smaller than, F. major . The shrubs are beautiful, compact, and easy to grow, making them easy choices for mixed borders, foundation plantings, and naturalizing.  Native to the southeastern U.S.
Care:  Prune only to maintain a healthy framework, which is minimal. Grow in moist but well-drained, acidic soil in full sun or partial shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in fall or winter; take softwood cuttings in summer.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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