Fothergilla major

Tall Fothergilla

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Growing wild in the mountains from Tennessee and North Carolina down into Alabama, Fothergilla major differs from F. gardenii in growing 2 to 4 feet taller (to 10 feet) and the flowers mostly appear after the shrub has leafed out. (In F. gardenii, the flowers mostly precede the leaves). This being said, there is current debate over whether or not the two species really are different. As far as we are concerned, one is shorter, one is taller, and they both are excellent landscape choices. In any case, Tall Fothergilla has spicey fragrant, creamy white, puffy flowers in mid to late spring. It grows well in full sun to partial shade in organic, acidic, well drained soil. Fall foliage color is excellent - reds, burgundy, yellows, oranges. Definitely a shrub for all seasons and many uses.



Good Fall Color

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Organic, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderately moist


full quart


36 or taller




Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late spring,

Early summer



Hardiness Zones

4, 5, 6, 7, 8