Fothergilla – poor relation to hamamelis


I bet not many people have a fothergilla in the garden yet this is a good multi-feature shrub, related to witch hazels and sharing the spectacular autumn colour. Maybe it is because the flowers are creamy green and open rather later than its more famous relative that it is not often planted. But it is handsome in leaf, with attractive, rounded foliage, with a blue tint and the flowers, though composed of creamy stamens and not vibrantly coloured, make quite a show.


Fothergilla is a small genus with few species – F. major is the most common and is from the south east USA. It will grow and flower best in full sun as long as the soil is never droughty and it needs an acid soil.






3 Comments on “Fothergilla – poor relation to hamamelis”

  1. derrickjknight
    January 27, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    That looks good. We don’t have any

  2. thelonggardenpath
    February 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    I love the blue leaved variety, “Blue Mist” – and it still has the scented flowers and autumn colour! Win!win!!

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