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Fothergilla

Hamamelidaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

Native to southeastern U.S. Grown mainly for fall foliage color, but spring bloom is pretty: small, honey-scented white flowers in 1 to 2-in., brushlike clusters appear on zigzagging stems, either before or with the leaves. Per­forms best in moist, well-drained, acid soil.

Fothergilla gardenii

Native to the southeastern United States. Typically 2 to 3 ft. high (though it can grow considerably taller) and as wide or wider, with 1 to 2 1/2-in.-long, dark green, lopsided leaves. Foliage turns intense yellow to orange to scarlet in autumn, often with all three ­colors in same leaf. ‘Blue Mist’ is a blue-foliaged variety that doesn’t color up as well in fall.

Fothergilla major
Fothergilla major

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Fothergilla major

Native to the southeastern United States. Erect shrub to 9 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide, with roundish, 2 to 4-in.-long, somewhat lopsided leaves that turn yellow to orange to purplish red in autumn.

‘Mount Airy’ is smaller (3 to 5 ft. high and wide), with abundant bloom, good dark green leaf color, and consistently superb fall color in yellow, orange, and scarlet.

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