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Dwarf Fothergilla | Plant Profile

Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) is a slow growing ornamental shrub that is native to the Southeastern United States. This mound forming shrub grows as tall as it does wide. Fragrant white or yellow flowers grow in spring. Leaves are green in the summer, but give way to bright fall colors come autumn.

Dwarf Fothergilla prefer well drained soils with medium moisture in full sun to part shade. The soils should be somewhat aerated or sandy as these shrubs do not thrive in heavy or clay soils. These shrubs can spread by basal roots which should be removed if propagation is not desired.

Dwarf Fothergilla has a multitude of applications. They are often display singularly as an ornamental piece, aligned in a row to create borders, or massed in naturalized areas.


Dwarf Fothergilla Characteristics

Dwarf Fothergilla are versatile shrubs with aromatic white flowers bloom in early spring before the leaves appear. The flowers grow in clumps at the end of long stems. Female flowers keep their bright white, while male flowers display some yellow. The thick serrated leaves are green/blue green in spring and summer. In fall, the leaves turn bright fall colors, from yellow to red or orange. While fruits are produces in fall, they are small and ornamentally insignificant

These are low maintenance shrubs that rarely have any serious disease or pest problems. If installed in an appropriate area and the soil maintained properly, these are an easily grown addition to a landscape. The soils should be consistently moist and basal roots should be removed.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
1.50 - 3.00'
2.00 - 4.00'
Bloom Time
April - May
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?