Mount Airy Fothergilla

(Question)

I have been given the above shrub and am trying to find a suitable location for it. It is a full sun/part sun plant.
My questions concern the following: the tag say it will grow to 6’ with a 5’ spread. Can it be be cut back after blooming/each fall and be no taller than 3’? I read that it is slow growing. Therefore my second question is rate of growth. How long will it take to reach 5’?

I live in the Scarborough Bluffs.

Thank you.
Faye Hart

(Answer)

You are in luck. Mount Airy Fothergilla, common name dwarf fothergilla, is a slow-growing, easy-to-maintain deciduous shrub with fragrant white blooms in April and May. This plant will thrive in full sun to partial shade.

Its mature height can range from 3 to 4 feet and the spread slightly more. Dwarf fothergilla will take between 10 and 20 years  to grow to its full height. You can prune it after the flowers have finished blooming in late spring.

For more in-depth information on this plant see any of the following websites:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=549

https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/fothergilla/

https://www.connonnurseries.com/plant/Fothergilla-major-Mount-Airy

https://www.mckaynursery.com/fothergilla-mount-airy-fmoun.html