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common name: Witch Alder
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: cream
main season: Autumn
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Small deciduous shrub - 3ft - with fragrant small white flower heads in spring and very impressive orange/red/purple leaf colour in autumn
Moist, well drained, humus rich, acid soil in full sun or part shade.
By seed, which germinates only in the second spring after sowing. Alternatively from softwood cuttings or layering.
Shrub border or woodland garden.
pronounced: foth-er-GIL-a gar-DEE-nee-i