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Fothergilla major AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

mountain witch alder

Family

Hamamelidaceae


Fothergilla are rounded deciduous shrubs with broadly ovate leaves often colouring well in autumn, and small, catkin-like spikes of white flowers in spring

F. major is a compact medium-sized deciduous shrub to 2m, with glossy, broadly oval leaves glaucous beneath and turning brilliant red and orange in autumn. Flowers small, white, in short spikes before or with the leaves

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a humus-rich, moist but well-drained acid soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free