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Mt. Airy Fothergilla
Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy'
Mt. Airy Fothergilla in bloom
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Witch Alder, Large Fothergilla
A versatile and trouble-free landscape shrub; features showy white "bottle-brush" flowers in spring on bare branches, blue-green summer foliage, vivid fall colors and an upright mounded habit of growth, prefers light acidic soils; a choice garden plant
Mt. Airy Fothergilla features showy spikes of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The round leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Mt. Airy Fothergilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Mt. Airy Fothergilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Mt. Airy Fothergilla will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.