American wych hazel

Fothergilla major

American wych hazel - Fothergilla major

Common Name: American wych hazel
Genus: Fothergilla
Species: major

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.50 m (250 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Gold, Green, Red, YellowFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Fragrant white bottlebrush-like flowers appear in May and June just as the lustrous dark green leaves start to unfurl. In autumn the foliage turns bonfire shades of red orange and yellow. This low-maintenance deciduous shrub looks wonderful at the edge of a woodland area where it will catch some sun or in the middle of a shrub border. It's happiest in acid soil and although it will tolerate partial shade both the spectacular autumn colour and flowers are superior in full sun.

  • Garden care: In February or March remove any dead diseased or crossing branches. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted leafmould or composted pine needles around the base of the plant.

  • Goes well with: Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida', Amelanchier lamarckii, Lonicera x purpussi 'Winter Beauty', Pieris 'Forest Flame', Embothrium coccineum 'Lanceolatum Group', Eranthis hyemalis.