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Fothergilla Genus

Dwarf alder

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich, Peaty
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Fothergilla genus (Dwarf alder). This genus consists of slow-growing deciduous shrubs from southeastern USA. They will produce fragrant petal-less upright spiked flowers which are creamy white in colour. They will bloom before the foliage, which is roughly diamond-shaped and heavily ribbed. The leaves are bright green and will mature to deep green and develop intense yellow, orange and red autumn tones.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Fragrants

Other common names

American wych hazel

Origin

S.E.USA

Interest and use

Grown for their autumn colour and fragrant flowers, each with a dense, bottlebrush-like clusters of stamens which open before or as leaves emerge.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will grow in the sun or semi-shade but will colour best in full sun. They will need moist, peaty, acidic soil.

Propagation

Propagate by layering, seeds or softwood cuttings in summer.

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