Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow-growing rounded shrub to 3 to 4 ft. tall, spreading wider.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Botanical Pronunciation:foth-er-GIL-a gar-DE-ne-i
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 17
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow-growing rounded shrub to 3 to 4 ft. tall, spreading wider.
Foliage color:Blue-green
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:White
Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
Garden styleCottage
Design IdeasPlant this lovely native in shade gardens or in woodland garden settings where its rangy character and white flower spikes are appreciated. Use as a single specimen for accent planting or mix into casual shrub borders or with other natives that need a color boost in spring or fall.
Companion PlantsThis native shrub belongs beneath forest trees, both conifers and hardwoods, where Rhododendron hybrids like Anna H. Hall (Rhododendron x 'Anna H. Hall') and Roseum Elegans (Rhododendron x 'Roseum Elegans') thrive. It's related to Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) and shares the same requirements as native Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus) and Alaskan Fern (Polystichum setiferum).
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This American native is grouped in the witchhazel family. Its natural range is limited to isolated stands over the southeast from North Carolina to southern Alabama. Plants exist only in low lying damp wetlands. It was classified in 1765 by German botanist Johann Murray as one of three species in this genus. Linnaeus named the plant after a contemporary, John Fothergill, the English physician who introduced this and many other American natives to Europe.