Fothergilla Gardenii- Dwarf fothergilla


General: Broad and rounded deciduous flowering shrub 2-3’ in height, sometimes reaching 5-6.’ Often suckers and forms colonies.

Leaves: Alternate, wide and rounded. Blue-green to dark green and 1 to 2.5” long. Turning brilliant shades of red and purple in the fall.

Flowers:  White, fragrant 1-2” spikes April-May. Resemble small bottle brushes and last up to 2 weeks. Often appear before the leaves.

Fruit: Capsule with black seeds. Not showy.
Attributes:  Good for foundation plantings, borders and masses. Excellent for interesting flowers and vibrant fall color. Best in combination with rhodies and azaleas. A wonderful 3 season shrub.


Hardiness:  Zones 4-9

Growing Conditions: Loves moist acidic sandy loam with good drainage. Tolerates partial shade but flowers best in full sun.

Maintenance:  Disease, insect and trouble free. Requires little intervention.

Transplanting: Moves easily balled and burlapped or container grown following the usual guidelines (adequate moisture and cool weather) to ensure establishment.

Our Experience

Experience at Great Hill

We have several fothergilla on the main landscape as well as in the nursery. They’re easy to care for, establish readily through suckering, and add a ton of aesthetic value in their spring flowers and fall color.

Fothergilla Bloom Data

YearBud BreakFull BloomBloom Drop
2020May 9May 18June 4
2021May 3May 12May 26
2022May 2May 16May 29
2023May 4May 13May 24