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Fothergilla major

Native Plants

Large Fothergilla

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Summary

Large fothergilla (Fothergilla major) is truly a multi-season deciduous garden shrub. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, it produces masses of upright, honey-scented, white bottlebrush-shaped flowers atop 6-10’ tall multi-stemmed plants. From late October into November, large fothergilla develops stunning foliage colors ranging from yellow and orange to fiery red. It performs well in sun or shade as long as soils are acidic, well-drained, and moist to dry. Large fothergilla makes an excellent shrub or woodland garden companion for mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Christmas fern (Polystichumacrostichoides), American asters(Symphyotrichumspp.), large-flower heartleaf (Hexastylis shuttleworthii), woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata), whorled tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata), and pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides). Zones 4-8. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    dry-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    orange, purple, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown