I am seeing conflicting reports of Fothergilla's degree of shade tolerance. Some sources say light, some dense. Are there any varieties (preferably the smaller ones) that are more shade tolerant than others? If the larger varieties are more shade tolerant, are they amenable to pruning to keep them in bounds?
I am in zone 6 and doing a renovation of an existing garden. My landscaper has suggested Fothergilla Beaver Creek. The shrub would be going in on the north side of a fence and in the shade of a large, but well-elevated red maple. Could a Fothergilla be happy here? If not do you have another suggestion?
I think Fothergilla could be quite happy there - meaning, it should live and grow and flower.
Know that most all plants will flower more heavily/densely with more sunlight provided. Also know that a large red maple is typically a thirsty plant, and your new Fothergilla may need some extra moistural affection to get established and compete in this environment. Fothergilla is not typically tolerant of extensive dry periods.
I have grown Fothergilla 'Beaver Creek' for quite a few years, on circumneutral clay loam. Long droughty weather is what it finds disfavor with.