Fothergilla (Witch Alder) ~ Beautiful Hardy Ornamental Shrubs
Easy To Care For
Looking for a low maintenance, deer resistant, perennial shrub that can be grown in sun or shade? Consider Fothergilla (also known as witch alder). Witch alder, unlike it's better known cousin witch hazel, is not grown for medicinal uses but for its ornamental beauty. Bottle brush shaped flowers appear in the spring giving off a delicious fresh honey scent. Witch alder boasts deep green or blue green foliage during the summer then turns out a beautiful showing of colored leaves in autumn.
This is one of the popular Fothergilla Gardenii shrubs and this particular one is named Jane Platt Dwarf Fothergilla. It will grow up to three feet in height and offer you blazing fall color. This variety also happens to be insect resistant.
This Sea Spray Fothergilla is an intermediate that can grow to five feet tall. It offers pretty pastel shades of red, pink and orange leaves in autumn.
This KLMsixteen variety is called May Bouquet Hybrid. This is a larger shrub that can grow as tall as eight feet. It's known for its huge blossoms and lasting fall color.
And this Fothergilla major, appropriately known as Large Fothergilla can grow to heights of twelve feet and be just as wide. You'll enjoy its cheery colored leaves in the fall.
These shrubs are a hardy sort surviving very cold winters and hot summers. The shrubs shown in this article are all growing in Ohio.They're generally recommended in zones 5-9. Plant them in sun or part shade and provide medium moisture. They can be propagated by taking cuttings or collecting and drying seeds from the seed heads. If your local nursery does not make them available to you they are easily obtained by mail order. I recently obtained a shrub from a large home improvement store.
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