Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist'

Dwarf Witch Alder

Deciduous Shrub

This compact shrub has multiple seasons of interest. In late spring, before the new leaves fully expand, dwarf witch alder is covered with scented, bottlebrush-like white flowers. During summer its attractive leaves are an attractive blue-green, but starting in mid-September they begin to turn gold, then coppery orange, finishing fiery crimson in late October. Native to the southeastern United States, Fothergilla gardenii grows well in full sun or part shade, but its autumn color is best in full sun. It requires fertile, humus-rich soil.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even


Size: 24 - 42 tall x 24 - 42 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attracts Bees, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Fall Color, Flowers, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Blue, Silver / Gray
Fall Color: Reliable Fall Color, Mixed / Variable, Red Orange, Yellow

Flower Color: Ivory / Cream, White
Bloom Season: Apr, Spring

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden
Wildlife: Bees, Butterflies

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low, medium

Plant Combos