Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


573

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in GA)

Look for it in wet savannas, pocosins, & pocosin margins, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual? Mostly unisexual?
Radially symmetrical
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Fothergilla gardenii   FAMILY Hamamelidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Fothergilla gardenii   FAMILY Hamamelidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 095-03-001:
Fothergilla gardenii   FAMILY Hamamelidaceae

GREATER THAN & ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Fothergilla gardeni

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Witch-alder, Dwarf Witch-alder, Small Witch-alder, Fothergilla


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image of Fothergilla gardenii

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_foga_001_lvd

        

image of Fothergilla gardenii

JK Marlow    jkm070319_012

March    Polk County    NC

SC Native Plant Society Plant Sale

The terminal spikes are delicately scented with a sweet honey fragrance, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Fothergilla gardenii

JK Marlow    jkm070319_012b

March    Polk County    NC

1-2" spikes of white stamens & yellow anthers form little bottlebrushes, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Fothergilla gardenii

JK Marlow    jkm130420_421

April    Transylvania County    NC

Most of the cultivated Fothergilla are a hybrid of F. gardenii and F. major, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Fothergilla gardenii

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_f_gardenii_1b

April        

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Will Stuart    wil_f_gardenii_102

April    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Leaves up to 6cm long and 5cm wide (the largest < 5.2cm wide), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Fothergilla gardenii

Will Stuart    wil_f_gardenii_102_crop

April    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Leaves stellate-pubescent above (vs. F. major being sparsely so or glabrous), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Fothergilla gardenii

Will Stuart    wil_f_gardenii_544

April    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

image of Fothergilla gardenii

JK Marlow    jkm0305v_21

May    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

'Mt. Airy' Leaves pale & woolly below with a leathery, quilted appearance, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Fothergilla gardenii

JK Marlow    s071115_a

November    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Leaves reminiscent of the closely related small tree, Witch Hazel, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Hazel Alder, Hazelnut, Witch Hazel and Witch-alder

image of Fothergilla gardenii

JK Marlow    s071115_a2

November    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Base of lateral veins marginal (vs. included in leaf tissue in Hamamelis), per Weakley's Flora.