Fothergilla gardenii

dwarf witch alder

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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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

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

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

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

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

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.