Family: Hamamelidaceae

Scientific Name: Fothergilla gardenii Mt. Airy

Common Name: Mount Airy Fothergilla


Mount Airy Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii) is a hardy dwarf selection of Fothergilla. One of the Fothergilla that all others are compared too.

Plant TypeShrubs Deciduous
Hardiness Zone(4)5-7(8)
Sunlightperforms best in full sun, tolerates part sun
Soil & Siteaverage, tolerent
Flowerswhite, apetalous, honey scented, appear before leaves and look like bottle brushes
Fruitwoody capsules typically with two seeds
Leavesdark blue green,fall colors of yellow, orange or red
Dimensionssuckering upright, reaching 5-6 feet tall by 3-4 foot spread.
Maintenanceany pruning should be done immediately after flowering
Native Sitenative to woodlands and swamps of the southeastern US
Cultivar OriginA selection from Mt. Airy Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
Misc FactsGenus name honors John Fothergill (1712-1780), a Quaker physician from Essex, United Kingdom, who introduced and promoted in England a number of plants native to the U.S.A. (#144)
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (
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