Fothergilla gardeniiItem #3717 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Valuable plant used for hedges and borders. Attractive in 3 seasons; fragrant showy spring flowers, green leaves in summer and brilliant yellow, red, orange fall color. Low, dense, bushy shrub.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slow-growing rounded shrub to 3 to 4 ft. tall, spreading wider.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:foth-er-GIL-a gar-DE-ne-iPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 17Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow-growing rounded shrub to 3 to 4 ft. tall, spreading wider.Special features:Bird Friendly, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign 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).
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.