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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
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.

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.

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