The Mt. Airy cultivar was selected by the famed horticulturalist Michael Dirr for its excellent form and outstanding foliage color in both summer and fall. It won the Georgia Gold Medal Selection for woody shrubs in 1994 and continues to be one of the best fothergilla on the market today.
Bottlebrush plant is an exciting native that is often underutilized in the garden. It is native to the southeastern united states and fits perfectly into the garden of someone who is looking for structured beauty, while also adding food for our native pollinators and birds. In the early spring this plant opens up unique brush-like white flowers that have a wonderful fragrance (we love walking by it in the greenhouse). These flowers are plentiful and remain for a few weeks before falling to emerging well textured blue-green foliage. In fall fothergilla really shines, with swirls of reds, oranges, and yellows in a kaleidoscope of color. It is easy to grow, native and beautiful. We think this plant is a great choice for your garden if you want to support local ecology and create a beautiful landscape simultaneously.
Photos Credit - Proven Winners
|Bloom Color:||White; bottlebrush shaped; fragrant|
|Bloom Period:||Early spring|
|Fall Color:||Swirls of yellow, orange, red and purple|
|Foliage Color:||Green-Blue finely textured|
|Genus & Species:||Fothergilla x major Mt. Airy|
|Mature Height:||6 to 8 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||6 to 10 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Moist, well draining soil|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun to part sun|
|Zone:||4 to 8|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Mt. Airy Fothergilla - Bottlebrush
Easy to care for bottlebrush is a great choice for the garden. It doesn't have strict soil requirements, but does need at least four hours of sun per day. It enjoys plenty of light, but like most plants will do better with a good 2 - 3 inch layer of bark mulch applied each spring to retain moisture and decrease fluctuations in soil temperature and moisture. Pruning is not required as fothergilla maintains a very appealing natural shape. Plants have been known to live as long as 60 years.
Fothergilla is impossible to find at local nurseries in my state of Utah, so I turned to online nurseries to acquire the plant. This was my first online plant purchase. I selected New Blooms Nursery because they were competitive price wise and an online blog gave them a good review. I am happy to say they did not disappoint. Their costumer service was above and beyond what I have experienced from most businesses, thus earning them five stars instead of the usual four stars I give most companies for competently meeting expectations. Communication about order, delivery, planting times, and methods were clear. And weather or not they were individually personalized or had automated personalization, they were written so well they felt like doing business in person. I also enjoyed how the communication was clear without additional ads or non-important information that make e-mails more difficult to read and recognize amongst the hundreds of e-mails I see a day.
The plant is planted, is doing well, and I look forward to continuing to use New Blooms Nursery as my first choice online nursery.