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.
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.
The Fothergilla genus contains two or three recognized species.
Yes, Fothergilla plants are excellent for gardens due to their vibrant fall colors and fragrant spring flowers.
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla) and Fothergilla major (Large Fothergilla) are commonly grown by gardeners.
Yes, Fothergilla species produce fragrant flowers in the spring.
Fothergilla plants prefer a sunny to partly shady location with well-drained, acidic soil.
Currently, Fothergilla is not considered invasive in the USA.
To remove Fothergilla, dig up the entire plant, ensuring you remove as much of the root system as possible.
The Fothergilla genus includes a couple of species of flowering plants native to the southeastern United States. These deciduous shrubs are admired for their bottlebrush-like flowers, which appear in spring, and their vibrant fall foliage.
Fothergilla plants prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained, humus-rich soil. They can be grown from seeds or cuttings. Excellent in borders or as specimen plants, they provide multi-season interest with their spring flowers, summer foliage, and fall color. They are also deer-resistant and can attract butterflies.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Fothergilla plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ shrub growing guides: How to grow Pieris japonica and Amelanchier alnifolia plants.