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Dwarf Witch Alder (Fothergilla gardenii)

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Trees & Shrubs


Hardy, North American, spring-flowering shrub
Description:  Creamy white, honey-scented flowers like mini bottlebrushes in spring; dark green summer foliage turns spectacular shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple in fall
Habit:  Grows 1.5-3 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide; multi-stemmed, dense, and compact 
Culture:  Prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, acidic soil; the best fall color is achieved in a sunny location
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin:  North America
Attributes:  Fall color

Collected by Dr. Alexander Garden in South Carolina and sent to England by 1765, this choice native shrub stands out in the spring and fall. It can be found in moisture-rich woodlands and boggy areas in the coastal Southeastern United States from North Carolina to Florida and Alabama. The name honors John Fothergill, a London physician who corresponded with America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Their correspondence during the mid-eighteenth century revealed much about the native flora of North America.

Arrives in a 3.5" pot.

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