Fothergilla gardeniiItem #3717 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide, or wider.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:foth-er-GIL-a gar-DE-ne-iPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 17Growth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide, or wider.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign 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.Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Beautyberry (Callicarpa); Weigela (Weigela); Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus); Alaskan Fern (Polystichum setiferum)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- 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.