Mount Airy Fothergilla

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Fothergilla `Mount Airy' (Fothergilla major)
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Popular plant for 2018! The Mount Airy Fothergilla is a slow growing plant with rounded, dark blue-green leaves free of disease problems (the foliage resembles Witchhazel). Mount Airy was selected for reliable and intense fall color. Leaves turn brilliant red/orange/yellow with shades of purple. The blooms are unique and unusual growing to 1-1/2" white bottle-brush inflorescence. Blooms usually occur in late April or in May and are quite fragrant. Blooms occur before the foliage and will last for 3-4 weeks. Blooming occurs at an early age. The mature size of the plant can be up to 4' tall and spread slightly more, but again is very slow growing. (In most cases in Wisconsin, it will only get about 2-3' tall and wide). Be sure to plant in full sun to partial shade. This plant likes moist, well-drained soils.

Planting & Care for Deciduous Shrub – Fothergilla

Preparation

  • The Mount Airy Fothergilla is a slow growing plant with rounded, dark blue-green leaves free of disease problems (the foliage resembles Witchhazel).
  • Mount Airy was selected for reliable and intense fall color.
  • Blooms usually occur in late April or in May and are quite fragrant.
  • Blooms occur before the foliage and will last for 3-4 weeks.
  • The mature size of the plant can be up to 4' tall and spread slightly more, but again is very slow growing. (In most cases in Wisconsin, it will only get about 2-3' tall and wide).
  • Be sure to plant in full sun to partial shade.
  • This plant likes moist, well-drained soils.

Opening Plant Material

  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now ready to plant. Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it’s wider on the sides.

Planting containers

  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Fothergilla spreads by suckers rising from the roots.
  • To keep the shrub under control, remove the suckers as soon as they appear. 
  • Prune the suckers at ground level with anvil pruners or loppers.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

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Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Fothergilla

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Mount Airy Fothergilla is a slow growing plant with rounded, dark blue-green leaves free of disease problems (the foliage resembles Witchhazel).
  • Mount Airy was selected for reliable and intense fall color.
  • Leaves turn brilliant red/orange/yellow with shades of purple.
  • The blooms are unique and unusual growing to 1-1/2" white bottle-brush inflorescence.
  • Blooms usually occur in late April or in May and are quite fragrant.
  • Blooms occur before the foliage and will last for 3-4 weeks.
  • Blooming occurs at an early age.
  • The mature size of the plant can be up to 4' tall and spread slightly more, but again is very slow growing. (In most cases in Wisconsin, it will only get about 2-3' tall and wide).
  • Be sure to plant in full sun to partial shade.
  • This plant likes moist, well-drained soils.
  • Fothergilla spreads by suckers rising from the roots.
  • To keep the shrub under control, remove the suckers as soon as they appear. 
  • Prune the suckers at ground level with anvil pruners or loppers. 

How to plant containers

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 5-8

Bloom Time: April-May
Color: Green, Orange, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Plant Size: 3-4' tall x 3-4' wide
Flower Color: White
Fall Color: Yellow, orange, red, purple
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet
Low Maintenance: No
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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