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Fothergilla major

Common Name(s):
Large fothergilla
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Red, orange, yellow fall foliage on each leaf; slow grower; rounded multistemmed shrub with erect stems; drought tolerant and tolerates wet soils; may occasionally sucker; native to mountainous regions of southeastern US; native; excellent fall color.

Wildilfe Value: This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Seed: Capsule

Compare this Plant to: Fothergilla gardenii

Height:
6-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, leathery, blue-green to dark green leaves; underside grayish to whitish; 2-4 in. long; red, orange, yellow fall color on each leaf
Flower:
1-3 in. bottlebrush-like spike of white flowers in spring; fragrance varies from none to honey-like
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; moist to wet soils, well-drained to dry acidic
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Rounded multistemmed shrub with erect stems
Exposure:
Partial shade; moist to dry soil
Fruit:
1 to 3 in. spike white flowers in spring; fragrance varies from none to honey-like
Width:
6-10 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow to moderate
Leaf:
2 to 4 in. alternate, simple leaves; red, orange, yellow fall color on each leaf
Tags:
cpp, riparian, wet sites, deciduous, fall leaves, fall foliage, drought tolerant, fall color, play, playground, deer resistant, wet soil, fall interest, facultative-wetland, children’s garden, wet

NCCES plant id: 480

Fothergilla major Form
Peganum, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Fothergilla major Flowers
Peganum, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Fothergilla major Close up of flower and leaves
Udo-Schröter, CC-BY-SA-2.0