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Fothergilla Fothergilla

Growing Fothergilla: Tips at a Glance

Fothergilla comes in a variety of sizes, from the tallest cultivars growing to 12 feet to compact varieties of the spring-flowering shrub; hybrids labeled Fothergilla x intermedia combine the best characteristics of both.

  • Type Deciduous shrub
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • Growing Zone 4-9
  • Sun Sun or part shade
  • Soil Well-drained
  • When to Plant Spring to fall
  • Companions Daphne, hydrangea
  • Design Tip First white flowers
  • Peak Season Early spring

Fothergillas: A Field Guide

Fothergillas are deciduous shrubs valuable for both their springtime displays of white powderpuff flowers and in autumn for fiery red leaves.

From compact cultivars such as the low-growing F. gardenii ‘Harold Epstein’ to F. major (which at a height of up to 12 feet can be an alternative to a tree in a small garden), fothergilla thrives in well-drained, rich soil (add organic matter in autumn).

For more shrubs that bloom dramatically in spring on bare wood, see our guides to Forsythia, Witch Hazel, and Paperbush.

Planting, Care & Design of Fothergillas

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