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Fothergilla gardenii

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Dwarf Fothergilla

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Dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) is a very attractive, multi-stemmed shrub that makes a big statement in the spring landscape with white, honey-scented, bottlebrush-shaped flowers that emerge on leafless stems. Attractive, green to bluish-green rounded leaves follow and extend interest in autumn with a kaleidoscope of foliage colors. Dwarf fothergilla has an upright, broadly rounded habit, grows 3-4’ tall, and spreads vigorously. It thrives in partial shade to full sun in acidic, moist, well drained soils, but will tolerate drier soils. Dwarf fothergilla is a fine companion for shrubs such as pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris), summer sweet clethra (Clethra alnifolia), lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), and perennials such as creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera). Zones 5-8. 

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