Higher classification Hamamelidaceae
Scientific name Fothergilla
|Lower classifications Fothergilla gardenii, Fothergilla major|
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Fothergilla (witch alder) is a genus of two or three species of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, native to woodland and swamps of the southeastern United States.
- Fothergilla gardenii garden fothergilla how to grow fothergilla
- Fothergilla garden plants
- Cultivation and uses
They are low-growing deciduous shrubs growing to 1–3 m (3–10 ft) tall with downy twigs. The brush-like flowers are produced before the leaves in spring on terminal spikes; they do not have any petals, but a conspicuous cluster of white stamens 2–3 cm long. The leaves are alternate, broad ovoid, 4–10 cm long and 3–8 cm broad, with a coarsely toothed margin; they are noted for their brilliant orange or red fall colors.
The genus was named in honor of John Fothergill (physician).
Fothergilla garden plants
Cultivation and uses
Fothergillas are grown as ornamental plants for their spring flowers and fall foliage color. They are slow-growing, rarely exceeding 1–2 m tall in cultivation.