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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    The aromatic flowers on this dwarf shrub are redolent of honey. It is a plant of multi-season interest with its brilliant fall foliage and unique branching.

    Latin Name

    Fothergilla gardenii


    Family

    Hamamelidaceae


    Also Known As

    Dwarf Fothergilla , Witch Alder


    Type of Plant

    Shrubs

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Spring
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 4'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Colors


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


    History

    Its name honors Alexander Garden, a Scottish physician and plant enthusiast, who took up residence in Charleston, South Carolina in 1752 and first discovered and introduced Fothergilla gardenii to England.


    Other Details

    Pollinator

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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