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
On May 1, 2013, RHaeckler from Richmond, KY wrote:
We had a drought last year and my fothergilla survived just fine without additional watering, even tho some of the other shrubs died back and it was planted in full sun. Nice spring flowers but not much scent. The plant is still young, tho.
On Apr 24, 2010, Erekle from Austell (W of Atlanta), GA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Bought one at a high-end nursery last year. It was extremely fragrant last year (anise/honey). Bloomed nicely this Spring, but hardly noticed any fragrance at all. It's planted in front of my place, next to the house in full sun...hot afternoon sun in the summer. Very good, well-prepared soil. I don't keep it especially moist, but it seems quite healthy otherwise. Any clues about frangance in this plant?
On Jun 10, 2008, ekeniston from Huntsville, AL wrote:
I have three of these beautiful little bushes, all in my front yard, which is a west-facing hillside, about half-shaded, half-sunny. Here in the foothills of the Appalachians (Huntsville, Ala.) the witch alders seem to thrive. The color could be better some autumns, but my plants are still lovely all year round. The one that's doing the best (growing the most, most vivid fall color) is the one that gets about two hours more sun than the others. I learned about this plant from Darke's American Woodlands Garden. I mulch with pinestraw.
On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
The first fall this shrub failed to provide good fall color, but some plants really don't come into their own for a couple years, so I'm not surprised. It survived the winter and is budding up nicely. The buds are interesting-looking, if you bother to stop and examine them.
On Jul 8, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Selected by Dr. Michael Dirr from the Mt. Airy Arboretum in Cincinnati, OH. My plant tag it is considered superior for its size (intermediate), flower (both size and quantity), good fall color, and general hardiness.
I purchased a 3-gallon container and will soon plant it in a new, large bed of evergreens and spring-flowering shrubs; I'm hoping the mixture will provide fall color, winter interest and a habitat for the wildlife in our backyard in addition to spring blooms.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bessemer, Alabama Calera, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama Vincent, Alabama Austell, Georgia Marietta, Georgia North Decatur, Georgia Burlington, Kentucky Richmond, Kentucky Buckfield, Maine Cochituate, Massachusetts Sterling Heights, Michigan Arkoe, Missouri Hoberg, Missouri Sparks, Nevada Collingswood, New Jersey Elizabeth City, North Carolina Sylva, North Carolina Winston-salem, North Carolina Medford, Oregon North Augusta, South Carolina Okatie, South Carolina Arlington, Virginia Hot Springs, Virginia Orlean, Virginia Federal Way, Washington Seattle, Washington Westover, West Virginia