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botanical name:
Fothergilla major
Fothergilla major © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Witch Alder
synonyms:  Fothergilla monticola
family:  Hamamelidaceae
characteristics: shrub, scented/aromatic
height: 2.50m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
description:
Slow growing, medium-sized shrub with conspicuous, bottle-brush like creamy white flowers in spring which appear before the leaves. Brilliant autumn colours. Variable in habit and can reach a much greater size (well over 3m) in ideal conditions.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained, humus rich, acid soil in full sun or part shade.

propagation:
By seed, which germinates only in the second spring after sowing. Alternatively from softwood cuttings or layering.

usage:
Shrub border or woodland garden.

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