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Cultural Details for Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy'

Common Name:
Mt. Airy Large Fothergilla

Growth Rate:
Slow (medium in youth with ample water and fertilizer)

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Abundant, fragrant, whitish, apetalous flowers, the showy part being the stamens larger than species, 1.5-2" long; 3-4 weeks in mid April

Fruit Details:
2-valved, dehiscent capsule, 0.5" long, splitting at the top, usually containing 2 shiny black seeds, generally not produced in great quantities.

Fall Color:
Consistent yellow-orange-red; one of the better native shrubs for fall color

Bark Details:
Rounded, zigzag, slender, dingy stellate-tomentose or more or less glabrescent

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Zone 4 to 8.

Other Features:
Excellent shrub for the residential landscape; Leaves extremely frost resistant with significant fall color. Good for a shrub border, groupings, masses and foundation plantings.

Culture and Care:
Easy to transplant; needs acid soil conditions. Stressed plants may have a light green (yellow-green) margin around the leaf. Strong suckering habit.

This plant was blooming:
4/7/2010 - 4/19/2010
4/2/2007 - 4/5/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 67

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.