Fothergilla major
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Fothergilla major

mountain witchalder
large fothergilla

  family hamamelidaceae 
  genus fothergilla 

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Genus  Fothergilla Species  major Variety  Cultivar  Common names  mountain witchalder   large fothergilla Family  HAMAMELIDACEAE Specimen number  S11751 Data source  HtZn p115;Frgnt p123
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6' - 10' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Fothergilla major has an attractive autumn display of leaves. Mountain witch alder (also known as large fothergilla) has flowers that are strongly perfume scented. This is an insect resistant variety. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This species needs summer days with high heat. This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does well in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  yes Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  fall foliage Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  the whole inflorescence is fragrant Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Strong Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Fothergilla major most likely originates from the Allegheny Mountains.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Fothergilla major is a woody perennial. Flowers: Mountain witch alder (locally known in some parts as large fothergilla) has bottle brush like flowers. The flowers are usually a white color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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