- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 5 - 6 Feet
- Mature Spread 5 - 6 Feet
- Growing Zones 4 - 8
Fothergilla major 'Mount Airy', commonly known as Mount Airy Fothergilla, is a unique dwarf shrub with outstanding fall color. The showy white bottlebrush flowers emerge in spring and smell like honey. After flowering, attractive leathery, blue-green foliage follows. The leaves turn a mixture of red, orange, yellow and purple hues in the fall. This shrub is truly a sight to behold.
Mount Airy is an upright multi-stemmed shrub with a rounded habit. It stays small and compact, maxing out at 5 – 6 feet high. This shrub is cold hardy to zone 4 and resistant to deer. It is easy to grow and versatile, adding interest and color to mixed shrub borders, foundation plantings, woodland gardens, and low flowering screens.
Mount Airy Fothergilla Care
This shrub blooms best in full sun, with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, but tolerates partial shade. It prefers moderately moist soil, rich in organic matter. The soil should also drain well and be on the acidic side. Topdress the roots with compost, making sure to pull away any mulch from the trunk.
Mount Airy does not require much pruning. It blooms on old wood, so prune lightly after flowering. It spreads by suckers, which can be removed with pruners or dug up and transplanted to another location.
Mount Airy Fothergilla Spacing
For planting a tight screen, space these shrubs approximately 3 feet apart, center on center. For accent planting, give these shrubs at least 4 feet around to reach their maximal spread.
Mount Airy Fothergilla Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8|
|Plant Type: Bushes|
|Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 5 - 6 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 3 - 4 Feet|
|Spacing: 3 - 4 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): White|
|Bloom Period: Summer|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering|
|Attracts: Birds, Butterflies|
|Uses: Borders, Hedges & Privacy, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: Mount Airy Fothergilla|
|Scientific Name: FOTHERGILLA MAJOR `MT. AIRY`|
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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.