October 29, 2014

I need to get this plant: Dwarf fothergilla

Horticultural lust for Fothergilla gardenii


I'm starting a new series of special posts  titled "I need to get this plant:" with strong feelings of masochism, (zone) denial and greed. All gardeners (yes, you included, dear reader) feel these emotions walking through the garden center during the first blush of spring. during a garden visit of better (wealthier) homes and gardens or, for me, ambling through the Toronto Botanical Garden recently.

Here's the object of my affection:



Fall foliage Fothergilla gardenii dwarf fothergilla Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Fall foliage of Fothergilla gardenii
(Dwarf fothergilla) at the
 Toronto Botanical Garden 


You may know from previous posts like "Common witch hazel not common at all!" and "When Arnold (Promise) met Jelenathat I get weak-kneed for all things witch hazel (and actually all things Hamamelidaceae) so when I gazed at this Fothergilla's fall foliage (unintended alliteration), (a) I had to get out my camera and (b) said to myself "I need to get this plant!"


Fall foliage dwarf fothergilla Fothergilla gardenii Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Fall foliage of dwarf fothergilla
(Fothergilla gardenii)
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 

Dwarf fothergilla Fothergilla gardenii fall foliage Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii)
fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden  



Dwarf fothergilla Fothergilla gardenii fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii )
fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Fothergilla gardenii Dwarf fothergilla  fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf fothergilla)
fall foliage at the Toronto Botanical Garden


Hence, the garden muse struck and suggested this post.


Here's a picture of the fragrant spring bottle-brush blooms:


Fothergilla gardenii  (Dwarf fothergilla) spring blooms by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Fothergilla gardenii  (Dwarf fothergilla)
spring blooms


Good information sourced from the Missouri Botanical Garden website (apologies in advance, I don't think of plant sizes in metric):

Common Name: dwarf fothergilla
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Native Range: Southeastern United States
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Good Fall

Culture:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils which have good drainage. Best flowers in full sun. May spread by root suckers to form colonies if suckers are not promptly removed.


Why the lust?


  • Amazing fall foliage
  • Cute spring flowers
  • Somewhat harder to find and expensive = snob appeal

If I get this plant, I don't have to get:

  • Burning bush (Euonymus alatus