Witch alder

A South-American shrub - a beautiful orange in the autumn.
Common name : Witch alder
Scientific name : Fothergilla spp.
Family : Hamamelidaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Fothergilla - the witch alder - is a genus of three species of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae native to woodland and swamps of the southeastern United States and grown as ornamental plants for their spring flowers and fall foliage color. They are low-growing deciduous shrubs growing to 1–3 m (3–10 ft) tall, bearing alternate, 4–10 cm long leaves with a coarsely toothed margin - turning a beautiful red or orange in the autumn - and brush-like white flowers.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 60 - 500
pH 6 - 7

Plant my witch alder

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my witch alder

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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