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Blue Mist Fothergilla

Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist'

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Blue Mist Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist' flowers

Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist' flowers

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Blue Mist Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist' in bloom

Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Other Names: Dwarf Fothergilla, Witch Alder


A versatile landscape shrub with showy white "bottle-brush" flowers in spring at the ends of bare branches, blue-green foliage, good fall color and a shapely rounded habit of growth; prefers light acidic soils; a great multipurpose garden plant

Ornamental Features:

Blue Mist Fothergilla features showy spikes of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The round leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Blue Mist Fothergilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Blue Mist Fothergilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Border Edging

Plant Characteristics:

Blue Mist Fothergilla will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing Edging Garden Groundcover
Flowers Fall Color
Ornamental Features
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