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Fothergilla

Fothergilla spp.

Fothergilla gardenii - Longwood Gardens - DSC00877 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Fothergilla Overview

A small genus of 2 species of deciduous shrubs in the Hamamelidaceae family native to the Southeastern region of the US where they grow in woodlands and swamps. They are slow-growing with a rounded growth habit. Catkin-like spikes of tiny white flowers are produced in early Spring. They are also cultivated for their autumn foliage and favour an acidic soil in full sun or part shade.

How to propagate Fothergilla

Cuttings

Propagate by layering, seeds or softwood cuttings in summer.

Layering

Seed

Other uses of Fothergilla

Grown for their autumn colour and fragrant flowers, each with a dense, bottlebrush-like clusters of stamens which open before or as leaves emerge.