Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade Partial to Full Shade
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring
Foliage: Deciduous Dark/Black
Other details: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Apr 22, 2009, CatskillDeb from Oneonta, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:
Fothergilla gardenii blooms here in upstate NY in mid-May and the flowers have a wonderful fragrance of honey. The fall foliage colors (orange, yellow, red all at once) are outstanding. Its foliage is never bothered by bugs or disease, but it requires protection from deer in the winter else the branch tips will definitely be browsed.
Fothergilla is hardy in my zone 4 garden in a protected spot just east of the house. My two shrubs are thriving in morning and mid-day sun with shade after about 2:30 pm. One of the two is in more shade from a viburnum and is a little leggier and has less fall color, but still blooms reliably.
On Jun 13, 2003, mcced from Klamath Falls, OR wrote:
Fothergillas are native to the eastern United States and are one of the most beautiful shrubs in my zone 5 Oregon garden. The flowers are white in May to June and the leaves are green and very attractive. The best part is the spectacular fall color, of reds, orange, yellow and purple.
On Aug 5, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
The genus honors the English physician John Fothergill, who aside from his affinity for plants contributed much to the body of medical knowledge in the 18th century. The species gardenii is named for Dr. Alexander Garden, a Scots physician and botanist who lived in South Carolina and was instrumental in introducing a great many new-world plants to Europe.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Kensington, California Gages Lake, Illinois Plainfield, Illinois Prophetstown, Illinois Round Lake, Illinois Iowa City, Iowa Kenton Vale, Kentucky Lexington, Massachusetts Oneonta, New York Boone, North Carolina Rufus, Oregon Laflin, Pennsylvania Rockton, Pennsylvania Clarksville, Tennessee Smyrna, Tennessee Orlean, Virginia Walnut Grove, Washington