Fothergilla gardenii
Plant Abstract

Known as- Dwarf fothergilla
Grow Zone - 5 to 8
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Hamamelidaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Virginia to Georgia
ht.- 1.5 to 3 ft.
Span- 2 to 4 ft.
Coloring- White
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers damp, acidic, organically rich soils which have good drainage. Best flowers in full sun. May spread by root suckers to form colonies if suckers are not promptly removed.
This fothergilla species (often commonly called dwarf fothergilla) is native to the southeastern U.S. It is a compact, slow-growing, deciduous shrub with a dense, mounded, upright-spreading habit which typically grows 2-3” (less frequently to 4”) tall and as wide. Best ornamental features are its fragrant spring flowers, summer foliage and superior fall color. Features terminal, bottlebrush-like spikes (1-2’ long) of tiny, fragrant, apetulous, ivory white flowers. Flower color comes from the showy stamens (white filaments and yellowish anthers). Flowers appear in spring, usually before the foliage emerges. Rounded to oblong, leathery, dark green leaves (to 2.5’ long) turn varying shades of red, orange and yellow in fall.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Common Applications-
Group or mass in shrub borders, foundation plantings or native plantings. Hedges. Mixes easily with rhododendrons which generally share the same soil requirements.