Fothergilla gardenii Growing Guide

Grow Dwarf fothergilla in your Garden

The Fothergilla gardenii plant is a slow growing shrub. There are two members in the genus, the other being Fothergilla major. The Alabama witch alder (Fothergilla monticola) is usually classified into the major genus.

These ornamental plants are usually grown both for their attractive spring flowers and their colorful autumn leaves.

Dwarf fothergilla

Fothergilla photograph by Lynn.

Plants typically reach about three feet (90 cm) in height. They carry small fragrant flowers on terminal spikes in the spring, and their dark green leaves turn a lovely color in the autumn, ranging from yellow through to bright red.

Quick Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Fothergilla gardenii
  • Common Name (s): Dwarf fothergilla, Witch Alder, American wych hazel, Dwarf witchalder
  • Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): 5 to 8 / H5

Plant Details

  • Life Cycle/Type: Deciduous shrub. Compact and slow growing.
  • Plant Height: 18 to 36 inches (45 to 90 cm)
  • Plant Spread: 24 to 48 inches (60 to 1.2 m)
  • Blooms: Mid to late spring
  • Flower Details: White. Fragrant. Showy. Catkin-like inflorescent spikes to 1.5 inches (4 cm).
  • Leaf Foliage Details: Broadly Ovate. Dark green leaves appear once flowering has completed. These turn yellow, orange, and crimson red in the fall.

Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sun (best results) and partial shade / afternoon shade in hot areas
  • Suitable Soil Types: Sandy loams. Well drained, does not like heavy soils.
  • Suitable Soil pH: Acidic soils
  • Soil Moisture: Medium
  • Sowing, planting, and Propagation: Can spread from root suckers. grow from softwood cuttings in the summer.
  • Care: Lightly prune to remove damaged and diseased tissue; once pruned provide a mulch and a light feed.

Further Information

  • Best used in: Fall color, massed, flower borders, woodland, cottage garden.
  • Miscellaneous : USA native plant. Two seeded fruit.
  • Family: Hamamelidaceae
  • Further Reading and References used: Wikipedia; MBG

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Common Garden Species
Index – A

Alchemilla mollis
Aleurites moluccana
Allamanda cathartica
Allium aflatunense
Allium caeruleum
Allium giganteum
Allium Globemaster
Allium moly
Allium schoenoprasum
Alnus glutinosa
Aloe vera
Amaranthus retroflexus
Amaryllis belladonna
Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Amelanchier alnifolia
Amelanchier canadensis
Ammi majus
Anemone blanda
Anemone coronaria
Anemone hupehensis
Anemone sylvestris
Anethum graveolens
Annona reticulata
Anthurium andraeanum
Antirrhinum majus
Aquilegia vulgaris
Aralia elata
Araucaria araucana
Araucaria heterophylla
Arbutus unedo
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Argyranthemum frutescens
Armeria maritima
Aronia melanocarpa
Artemisia absinthium
Artemisia vulgaris
Arum italicum
Aruncus dioicus
Arundo donax
Asarum europaeum
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias incarnata
Asclepias syriaca
Asclepias tuberosa
Asimina triloba
Asparagus densiflorus
Aspidistra elatior
Asplenium nidus
Astrantia major
Athyrium filix-femina
Aucuba japonica

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