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Fothergilla gardenii (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Fothergilla gardenii (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Zones 2-9, 14-17, 31-39
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Fothergilla gardenii

Dwarf Fothergilla
Hamamelidaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

FOTHERGILLA

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

Fothergilla gardenii

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

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