xintermedia [major x gardenii]
Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate to elliptical, coarsely toothed or wavy margin, inequalateral base, 2 to 4 inches long, lightly pubescent and blue-green above, pale and often fuzzy below.
Flower: Attractive, elongated (1 to 3 inches long) with numerous white stamens (1/2 to 1 inch long), looks like a bottlebrush, fragrant, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Woody capsule (to 1/2 inch long), pointed tip, occur in long clusters, ripen in fall.
Twig: Slender, zigzag, fuzzy brown; buds stalked, flower buds larger and egg-shaped.
Bark: Gray-brown speckled with lighter lenticels.
Form: A multi-stemmed, suckering, thicket-forming shrub, 4 to 8 feet tall.
Looks like: large fothergilla - dwarf fothergilla - witch-hazel - fragrant winterhazel
Additional Range Information: Fothergilla xintermedia is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton. Download the full-size PDF map.
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information