Fothergilla major Fothergilla


Description: A slow-growing, deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit. Showy, honey-scented, bottlebrush-like, white flowers appear before the dense, dark green foliage emerges in spring. Foliage turns excellent shades of yellow, orange and red-purple in autumn. Fruit is a non-ornamental, beaked, egg-shaped two-seeded capsule which matures in autumn.

History: Genus name honors Dr. John Fothergill (1712-1780), English physician and botanist who grew plants from around the world in his London garden. Native of the Allegheny Mountains from Virginia to S. Carolina; grown in English gardens in 1780, but apparently long lost to cultivation until reintroduced to Kew from the Arnold Arboretum in 1902. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Fothergilla Growing Tips: Grow in a humus-rich, moist but well-drained acid soil in a full sun or partial shade position.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 2.5m x 1.5m


  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: April
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • S Size: Small
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Replacement prune
  • Prefers full sun
  • Autumn colour

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