Fothergilla major - autumn colour on an established plant
  • Fothergilla major
  • Fothergilla major - autumn colour on an established plant

Fothergilla major


Fothergilla major is an unusual densely branching medium sized shrub grown for its vivid orange red and yellow autumn colours.

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(Witch Alder) A lovely slow-growing shrub native to the United States, Fothergilla major has dark green leaves which turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange in autumn before falling. As well as the spectacular autumn colour, this plant has clusters of showy, fragrant white flowers in spring as the new leaves emerge.

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Moist, acid, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: April - May.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Medium sized, densely branching shrub.
    • Height: up to 2.5 m (8 ft)
    • Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft)
  • Notes: Although still slow growing, Fothergilla major usually grows to be a larger garden plant than Fothergilla gardenii.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Shrub - Medium (5 - 10 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Flowering Season - Spring (March - May), Honey Fungus Resistant, Scented, To grow in a pot

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