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Hamamelidaceae

Fothergilla

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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, with prominent white stamens. In autumn, the foliage shades range from blood red to blazing yellow, and every shade in between. Fothergilla are native to the southeastern U.S. 

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

CareGrow in moist but well-drained, acidic soil in full sun or partial shade. Prune only to maintain a healthy framework.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in fall or winter; take softwood cuttings in summer.

ProblemsUsually trouble-free.

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