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Legend Of The Fall® Fothergilla

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A versatile and trouble-free landscape shrub; features honey scented, showy white “bottle-brush” flowers in spring, and spectacular fall color; very shade tolerant and thrives in hot climates; prefers light acidic soils; great for planting under trees

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
5 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Fothergilla
Cultivar:
ALICE
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Fall Color:
scarlet
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Bottlebrush, Witch Alder
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Legend Of The Fall® Fothergilla features showy spikes of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has bluish-green deciduous foliage. The round leaves turn outstanding shades of scarlet, orange and yellow in the fall. The smooth dark brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Legend Of The Fall® Fothergilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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

Legend Of The Fall® 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 does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. This plant should be periodically fertilized throughout the active growing season with a specially-formulated acidic fertilizer. 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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