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Fothergilla 'Blue Shadow'

  • Scientific Name: Fothergilla x intermedia 'Blue Shadow'
  • Garden: Dog Friendly Garden, Rain Garden
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained

Plant Information

Best grown in moist, acidic, humusy, organically rich, sharply-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Part shade locations often produce the best foliage color and a more open plant habit. Plants may spread by root suckers to form colonies if suckers are not promptly removed.

These hybrids are upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrubs that typically mature to 3-5’ tall and feature a prolific April-May bloom of bottlebrush-like spikes of fragrant, white, apetalous flowers. Flowers are monoecious, with male and female flowers appearing on the same spikes. Female flowers are not showy, but the male flowers feature ornamentally attractive stamens (bright white filaments and yellow anthers). Flowers appear before the leaves fully unfold. Stems are clad with ovate to obovate blue-green leaves (to 2-4” long) which typically produce excellent orange-red-yellow fall color.

Group or mass in shrub borders, foundation plantings, woodland margins or open woodland areas. Hedges. Mixes easily with rhododendrons which generally share the same soil requirements. Interesting specimen or accent.

Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: White
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall

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FOIN Full, FOIN Flower, FOIN Leaf (©2022 Cheri Moland)