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Fothergilla gardenii

Common Name(s):
Dwarf fothergilla
Cultivar(s):
'Blue Mist' , 'Mount Airy'
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Beautiful, compact, low growing shrub that has knock-out orange to scarlet fall foliage.  Showy fragrant white blooms April through May.  It has an upright habit with spreading branches; drought tolerant; will tolerate wet soils; may sucker to form a colony; native to coastal plains of southern US.  Works well as a specimen plant or grouped in masses into an informal small hedge.

Seasons of Interest

       Foliage: Fall, orange scarlet  Bloom: Spring, April-May

Wildlife Value:  This plant is seldom damaged by deer

Play Value:  Wildlife Enhancement

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insects or disease problems.

Compare this Plant to: Fothergilla major

Height:
3-5 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, leathery blue-green to dark green leaves; 1-2.5 in. long; orange, yellow to scarlet fall color
Flower:
Male flowers only are showy 1-2 in. creamy white flowers in spring with a sweet honey fragrance; April through May, flowers appear before leaves. Fruit is an ornamentally insignificant, two-seeded, beaked capsule that matures in fall.
Zones:
5-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained acidic soil; does tolerate poor drainage, wet soils. Does like some afternoon shade in hot climates.
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Rounded, dense mound; informal; upright with spreading, crooked branches
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist to wet soil
Fruit:
insignificant, two-seeded beaked capsule
Width:
3-4 ft.
Tags:
cpp, wet soils, compact, tsc, fall foliage, drought tolerant, specimen, fall color, play, playground, hedge, deer resistant, fall interest, mass planting, wet site, children’s garden, wet

NCCES plant id: 479

Fothergilla gardenii Close up of flowers
Thomas, CC BY-ND-2.0
Fothergilla gardenii Flowers
Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0
Fothergilla gardenii Flowers
Distant Hill Gardens, CC BY-ND-2.0
Fothergilla gardenii Close up of leaves
Mpaola Andreoni, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Fothergilla gardenii Fall color of leaves
jacki dee, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Fothergilla gardenii Striking fall color
Distant Hill Gardens, CC BY-ND-2.0