Fothergilla

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Text by Ellen Nibali Photo by Marian Hengemihle

Fothergilla major

Nothing but pleasure rewards you for planting this native shrub.  Fothergilla has virtually no diseases or pests. White spring flowers are short perky bottle-brushes, actually not comprised of petals but myriad stamens with a honeyed fragrance.  Fall foliage in a dazzling palette of red, orange, and yellow shades.  Plant in well-drained soil (avoid very high pH), in part shade to full sun.  More sun produces more blooms. Fothergilla grows into a 6-10 feet rounded shrub with dense orderly foliage on its many erect stems.  Suckers can be used for propagation. Dirr likes it: “one of the great American native shrubs”.  Deer don’t like it.

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