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Fothergilla major (Mountain witch alder)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Fothergilla major

Other names

Mountain witch alder

Genus

Fothergilla Fothergilla

Species

F. major - F. major is a compact, rounded to spreading, deciduous shrub with glossy, oval, deeply veined, dark green leaves turning brilliant red, orange, and reddish-purple in autumn and, in late spring and early summer, small, catkin-like spikes of fragrant, white flowers blooming as the leaves emerge.


Fothergilla major is: Deciduous

Habit

Rounded, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Orange, Red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Remove suckers to prevent spread.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Fothergilla major (Mountain witch alder) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, acid soil in sun or partial shade. May spread by root suckers.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Fothergilla major

Other names

Mountain witch alder

Genus

Fothergilla Fothergilla

Species

F. major - F. major is a compact, rounded to spreading, deciduous shrub with glossy, oval, deeply veined, dark green leaves turning brilliant red, orange, and reddish-purple in autumn and, in late spring and early summer, small, catkin-like spikes of fragrant, white flowers blooming as the leaves emerge.

Native to

Southeastern United States

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Rounded, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Orange, Red in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Remove suckers to prevent spread.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Fothergilla major (Mountain witch alder) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, acid soil in sun or partial shade. May spread by root suckers.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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