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Fothergilla 'Mount Airy' is most appreciated for its multicolored display of yellows, oranges, and reds in autumn. In spring and summer its foliage is deep blue green. The medium-sized leaves resemble those of witchhazel and clothe this deciduous shrub nearly to the ground. Flowers are borne in April and early May and have a faint honey scent. The small, individual white flowers are held in 1- to 2-inch-high bottlebrush-like spikes. The multiple-stemmed rounded habit of Fothergilla 'Mount Airy' makes it an excellent plant for the shrub border and an effective complement to broadleaf evergreens and early spring bulbs.
Common Name: dwarf fothergilla
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils which have good drainage. Good shade tolerance. May spread by root suckers if suckers are not promptly removed.
Fothergilla is a genus of two species of deciduous shrubs native to Southeastern U.S. Their attractive bottlebrush-like flowers (usually white) produced in early spring, small size and bright fall colors make them very desirable as choice garden plants.Genus name honors Dr. John Fothergill (1712-1780), English physician and botanist who grew plants from around the world in his London garden.
‘Mount Airy’ is a hybrid fothergilla cultivar that was discovered by plantsman Michael A. Dirr at the Mt. Airy Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is a vigorous deciduous shrub that grows 4-5’ tall and is noted for its profuse spring flowering, excellent summer foliage, excellent fall color and consistently upright habit. Terminal, bottlebrush-like spikes (1-3” long) of tiny, fragrant, apetalous, white flowers bloom in spring (April-May) after the foliage emerges. Flower color comes from the dense clusters of showy stamens (white filaments and yellowish anthers). Flowers have a honey-scented frangrance. Leathery, ovate to obovate leaves (2-4” long) are dark green above and bluish gray beneath. Foliage turns excellent shades of yellow, orange and red-purple in fall. ‘Mount Airy’ may be a cross between two southeastern U.S. natives, F. gardenii and F. major. It is taller than the former but shorter than the latter.
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Dr. John Richards established Richards Tree Farm in Middle Smithfield, PA as an evergreen farm. Building on those roots, his Great Grandson, Seth Hastings Richards, has grown the farm into a full service Garden Center and Landscape installation business for the past 25 years. The farm specializes in Organic Gardening, Edible, Native, and Unique plants.