- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Height 2 - 2.5 Feet
- Width 2 - 3 Feet
- Growing Zones 5-9
Don’t let the small size of Legend of the Small Bottlebrush fool you--the tiny shrub is big on seasonal interest and fragrant white blooms. This bottlebrush (Fothergilla x intermedia) is an easy-care native shrub that grows to no more than 30 inches high and nearly 36 inches wide for a natural-looking low carpet of white wispy flowers. It attracts bees but resists deer and performs especially well in conditions similar to its native woodlands and swamps of the southeastern United States.
This white bottlebrush can be planted in rows to form a border or garden bed edge or as a large group for a mass planting or groundcover effect. The result will be a rush of fragrant spring flower spikes, shaped like bottlebrushes, above greenish-blue leaves. This plant also shines all alone, especially as a container filler or in rock gardens, wildlife gardens, and other natural landscapes. It’s not too picky about sun or shade, grows in regions 5 through 9, and provides color from spring bloom through fall, even under the dappled shade of trees.
Legend Of The Small Bottlebrush Care
Plant your bottlebrush in full sun or partial shade for best flowering. It needs average soil and water. The plant can benefit from a little extra water for the first few weeks after planting and on hot summer days. If possible, add a thick layer of organic mulch around the base of the shrub (but not touching the center or branches) to help keep it cool and moist.
This native plant needs little other attention. As a native with a nice growth habit, it needs no real pruning or shaping. Its compact growth should minimize the need to trim for size. It is best to let the shrub grow naturally, and only remove dead or damaged branches. Do this in winter after the shrub has dropped its leaves. Follow the natural shape of the fothergilla and avoid pruning it into a ball.
Legend Of The Small Bottlebrush Spacing
When using Legend of the Small Bottlebrush for a border or mass planting, give the shrubs room to grow to their mature size. This means placing them about 24 to 26 inches apart, measuring from center to center.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.