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Dwarf Fothergilla, Dwarf Witch Alder

Fothergilla 'Blue Shadow'

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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 and sweetly-scented.

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

CareGrow 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.

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

ProblemsUsually trouble-free.

  • Genus : Fothergilla
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring, Winter
  • Light : Full Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : North American Natives
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. knoxsiwash 03/04/2016

    Under "Care", it's noted that best fall color develops with at least 3 hours of direct sun. Under "Overview/Light" it says "Full shade only". What, you don't like fall color?

    1. snorkelgarden 07/14/2017

      Good point.

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