Fothergilla major

Fothergilla major

Mountain witch alder

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Fothergilla major
  • Common name: Mountain witch alder
  • Family: Hamamelidaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Mountain witch alder, Fothergilla major, is an attractively branched deciduous shrub native to the forests of the southern Appalachian Mountains.

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It’s primarily grown for its creamy bottlebrush flowers, which are fantastically perfumed and often smelled before they’re seen. In autumn, the glaucous green leaves turn blazing shades of yellow, orange and red before falling.

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For best results, grow Fothergilla major in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained and acidic soil. Softwood cuttings can be taken from early to midsummer. Boost the humus content of the soil by mulching with leaf mould. Fothergilla major has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Fothergilla major

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Fothergilla major and wildlife

Fothergilla major is known for attracting bees and butterflies​/​moths. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Fothergilla major poisonous?

Fothergilla major has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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