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Witch Alder, Large Fothergilla
Fothergilla major

Family: Hamamelidaceae
Genus: Fothergilla (foth-er-GIL-la) (Info)
Species: major (MAY-jor) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama

Lombard, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

North Augusta, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Feb 21, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A superb landscape plant, though the hybrid cultivars are even better. Great fall color, and larger flower spike than F. gardenii. Much more adaptable, too, it will tolerate more drought, heavier soils, and even neutral to slightly alkaline soil pH.

Generally reaches 9' or so in cultivation, but often twice that in the wild.

A great article on Fothergilla: http://www.rickdarke.com/Fothergilla.pdf