Dwarf Fothergilla

Fothergilla gardenii

A valuable compact ornamental shrub used for hedges and borders to provide multi-season interest in the landscape. Fragrant, creamy white, fuzzy, bottlebrush flowers cover the low, mounded, dense form in spring, followed by thick, toothy blue-green leaves in summer. Fall foliage is a brilliant medley of yellow, red, and orange. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationfoth-er-GIL-a gar-DE-ne-i
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide, or wider.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasPlant this lovely native in shade gardens or in wooded 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. Native to forest floors, it is perfectly at home in a woodland garden with conifers and hardwoods.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth Habit5
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Beautyberry (Callicarpa); Weigela (Weigela); Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus); Alaskan Fern (Polystichum setiferum)

Thrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed regularly during the growing season. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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