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Dwarf Fothergilla Fothergilla 'Mount Airy'

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Dwarf Fothergilla:

Previously known as:

  • Fothergilla gardenii 'Mount Airy'
  • Fothergilla gardenii x major 'Mount Airy.'
  • Fothergilla major 'Mount Airy.'
Phonetic Spelling
foth-er-GIL-lah
Description

Dwarf Fothergilla is a showy deciduous shrub that has great fall color and interesting fragrant flowers. It prefers acidic soils with high organic matter that are consistently moist but with good drainage. Best flowering occurs in full sun but it tolerates part shade conditions. 

Dwarf Fothergilla grows 3' to 6' tall and about as wide, is multi-stemmed with a rounded compact habit. It can spread by suckers, which can be removed if this is not desirable. The fragrant flowers appear before leaves in spring and last 10-14 days. Leaves are bright yellow to orange to red to purple in fall, colors often combined on the same leaf. Use as a specimen, in shrub borders, as a hedge or in a native garden.

Relatively pest/disease-free.

Family previously Theaceae

Quick ID Hints:

  • bottle brush-shaped white flowers
  • yellow-orange-red fall color
  • rounded teeth on leaf margin toward the apex
See this plant in the following landscapes:
Foundation Planting- West Side of House
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#fragrant flowers#acidic soil#shade tolerant#deciduous shrub#fall interest#mass planting#hedges#shrub border#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#fragrant flowers#acidic soil#shade tolerant#deciduous shrub#fall interest#mass planting#hedges#shrub border#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Fothergilla
    Family:
    Hamamelidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    White flowers have a honey fragrance. They are globular at first, then elongate like bottle brushes up to 3 inches as they mature. The flowers have no petals but are white showy stamens with a yellowish anther.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The alternate, simple, 2-4 inch long leathery leaves are obovate to oblong with rounded teeth toward the apex. Color is dark green to blue-green with pale green and tomentose undersides. Showy fall colors in reds, yellows and purples.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Dark brown stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees