Dwarf fothergilla is a great multi-season shrub offering white flowers in spring, good gray-green leaves in summer and yellow, orange and red color in autumn.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- North America
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Mixed border
- Early spring
- Mid spring
- Late spring
- Early summer
- Mid summer
- Late summer
- Early fall
- Mid fall
Size and Form
2 to 3 feet high and wide; mounded form.
Tree & Plant Care
Plants should be pruned after flowering (very little pruning is needed).
Best flowering and fall color occurs in full sun.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious pests.
Plants can become chlorotic (yellow leaves) in high pH soils.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to United States, primarily coastal regions of North and South Carolina.
Bark color and texture
Bark is light brown.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, alternate leaves; blue-green; oblong with rounded teeth; 1 to 3 inches long.
Fall color is a mix of yellow, orange and red.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
White flowers in 1 to 2 inch long, bottlebrush-like clusters in early spring; fragrant.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, dried capsule; not ornamentally important.
Mount Airy (Fothergilla x intermedia 'Mount Airy'): Fothergilla x intermedia is a hybrid of dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) and large fothergilla (Fothergilla major). 'Mount Airy' is a cultivar of this hybrid. It grows 5 to 6 feet tall with an upright form. Leaves are dark blue-green, changing to a mix of yellow, red and orange for fall. It flowers well and is very cold hardy.