Fothergilla (fothergilla or witchalder) is a genus of two or three species of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, native to the southeastern United States.

They are deciduous shrubs growing to 1-3 m tall with downy twigs. The leaves are alternate, broad ovoid, 4-10 cm long and 3-8 cm broad, with a coarsely toothed margin; they are noted for their brilliant orange or red fall colors. The flowers are produced in spring on terminal spikes; they do not have any petals, but have a conspicuous cluster of white stamens 2-3 cm long.


The genus was named in honor of physician John Fothergill.

Cultivation and uses

Fothergillas are grown as ornamental plants for their spring flowers and fall foliage color. They are slow-growing, rarely exceeding 1-2 m tall in cultivation.

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