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A North American native, fothergilla deserves a place in every shade garden for its honey-sweet brushy blooms, fiery fall foliage, and open, airy habit. The tangled branch structure intrigues in winter landscapes. Easy to care for, fothergilla requires no pruning. The leathery leaves have lighter undersides and turn to shades of red, orange, and bright yellow in fall.


Part Sun, Shade



From 1 to 20 feet


3-6 feet wide

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more varieties for Fothergilla
'Beaver Creek' fothergilla

'Beaver Creek' fothergilla

Fothergilla gardenii 'Beaver Creek' is a compact, neatly mounded selection that grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-8

Dwarf fothergilla

Dwarf fothergilla

Fothergilla gardenii is a mounding type that grows 3 feet tall, making it perfect for a low hedge or edging plant. It's native to areas of North America. Zones 5-9

Large fothergilla

Large fothergilla

Fothergilla major is a great background shrub for the shade garden that grows 8 feet tall and wide. It's native to areas of North America. Zones 5-9

'Blue Shadow' fothergilla

'Blue Shadow' fothergilla

Fothergilla major 'Blue Shadow' sports steely blue foliage that creates a cool contrast with bright green and gold-color plants. It grows to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 5-8

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