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Blue Shadow Fothergilla

Category:

Dramatic glaucous blue leaves, like faded jeans; showy white “bottle-brush” flowers appear in spring at the ends of the bare branches, spectacular fall colors and dense, rounded habit; prefers light acidic soils; all-purpose landscape plant

Characteristics

Species:
major
Other Species Names:
Witch Alder, Large Fothergilla
Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Genus:
Fothergilla
Cultivar:
Blue Shadow
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
white
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
powder blue
Fall Color:
scarlet
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Blue Shadow Fothergilla features showy spikes of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has powder blue deciduous foliage. The round leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Shadow 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.

Planting & Growing

Blue Shadow Fothergilla will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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 foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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