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Legend Of The Small® Fothergilla

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A versatile and trouble-free garden 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:
30 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Fothergilla
Cultivar:
NCFI1
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 Small® 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 textured oval leaves turn outstanding shades of scarlet, orange and yellow in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Legend Of The Small® 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 Small® Fothergilla will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. 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.

Legend Of The Small® Fothergilla makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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