Fothergilla gardenii

dwarf witch alder

Outstanding Qualities

This superb midsize garden shrub has multiple seasons of interest. In April, before the new leaves fully expand, dwarf witch alder is covered with scented, bottlebrush-like white flowers. During summer its attractive leaves are mid green, but starting in mid-September they begin to turn gold, then coppery orange, finishing fiery crimson in late October. It is native to the southeastern United States.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, purple, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: blue, dark green, cream

Culture Notes

Fothergilla gardenii grows well in full sun or part shade, but its autumn color is best in full sun. It requires fertile, humus-rich soil.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular summer watering during dry weather