Fothergilla major (Sims) Lodd.
Large fothergilla, mountain witchelder
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Order||Hamamelidales||Witch hazels and related plants|
|Genus||Fothergilla||For English physician John Fothergill|
About plant names...
Fothergilla is named for John Fothergill, a physician and gardener.
Large fothergilla is
native to the Allegheny Mountains in the American southeast. Fothergilla major
is the largest of the fothergillas.
Identification: This woody deciduous shrub is 6-10′ (1.8-3 m) tall and
6-8′ (1.8-2.4 m) wide, with crooked, zig-zagged stems. It
produces numerous white flowerheads that look like bottlebrushes. Each flowerhead is 1-2″ (2.5-5 cm) long and
1000.0-0.0 mils (25400-0 µm) in diameter. The brushlike filaments are white flower stamens and pale yellow anthers; there
are no petals. The flowers smell a bit like honey. Leaves are alternate, 3-5″ (7.6-12 cm) long, glossy, dark green,
with prominent veins and shallow lobes or teeth. They become brilliant purple, red, orange, and yellow in the fall. Fruits are inconspicuous green
capsules that turn olive brown.
in Paghat's Garden (Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy')
The Center for Plant Conversation
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum (PDF)
Fothergilla major description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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5/27/2016 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, Massachusetts · ≈ 1 × 1½′ (34 × 52 cm)
9/14/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts · ≈ 11 × 7″ (27 × 18 cm)
9/14/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts · ≈ 17 × 12″ (44 × 29 cm)
9/14/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts · ≈ 9 × 6″ (23 × 15 cm)
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