Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy'

Mt. Airy Fothergilla

This multi-season native shrub has white, honey-scented, bottle-brush-type flowers. At 1.5" - 2" long, Mt. Airy's flowers are larger than typical and quite showy. Plants bloom April - May and last three to four weeks. Dr. Michael Dirr selected this variety from Mt. Airy Arboretum in Ohio for dark blue-green foliage, outstanding yellow-orange fall colors, abundant flowers, vigor, and more upright habit. 

Flowers attract pollinators and the plants provide shelter for wildlife. 

Plants grow 5-6' tall and tend to sucker. Can be used for a colorful hedge, in a shrub border, for massing, or in foundation plantings.

  • Deciduous, native shrub with three-season interest
  • Fragrant, white flowers
  • Blue-green foliage and striking fall color

  • Category: Shrub, Native
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Height: 5-6 ft
  • Spread: 5-6 ft
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Foliage Color: Blue
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Landscape Characteristics
Flowers
Foliage Color
Fragrance
Classification by Use
Color Impact
Mass Planting
Native
Specialty Use
Wildlife Garden
Woodland Garden
Animal Resistance
Deer Resistant
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Habit
Mounding
Spreading
Upright
Light Requirement
Sun
Part Sun
Part Shade
Foliage
Deciduous
Fall Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Summer
Growth Rate
Slow
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Well-Drained
Foliage Color
Blue
Green
Orange
Red
Yellow
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy'

Grows best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils which have good drainage. Good shade tolerance. Needs acidic soils to thrive.