dwarf fothergilla Hamamelidaceae Fothergilla
gardenii L. symbol: FOGA
Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate to elliptical, coarsely toothed or wavy margin, inequalateral base, 1 to 3 inches long, dark green above, pale and often fuzzy below.
Flower: Attractive, elongated (1 to 2 inches long) with numerous white stamens (1/2 to1 inch long), looks like a bottlebrush, fragrant, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Woody capsule (1/4 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, 3 to 5 feet tall.
Looks like: witch-hazel - hybrid witch-hazel - fragrant winterhazel - Persian ironwood
Additional Range Information: Fothergilla gardenii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting.
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2018 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 maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)