Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 4-5' Width/Spread: 4-5'

Demand more from your fall color display with Legend of the Fall® fothergilla! It lights up with every gorgeous hue a leaf can be, starting with purples and reds, intensifying to oranges and yellows. Happily, it’s not just a one note plant. Its fragrant white flowers in spring are the ideal way to welcome the season, and provide sustenance to pollinators as they wake up or migrate back to the area. A rather neat habit makes this plant easy to work into your landscape or garden. Like other fothergilla, it may put out some suckers, but these can be easily controlled by pulling, cutting, or severing with a sharp spade. Plant in sun, shade, or anywhere in between, but fall color will be most vivid in spots that get at least some sun each day.

Why grow Legend of the Fall® bottlebrush?

  • Super low maintenance
  • Spring pollinator plant
  • Quite shade tolerant


Light: Full to part sun. The hotter your climate, the more shade becomes imperative, especially during the hottest part of the day.

Soil: Any well-drained soil will do.

Water: Average water needs; avoid drought.

Fertilizing: One application of a granular (not liquid) rose fertilizer in early spring is sufficient.

Pruning: Fothergilla generally needs little pruning. If you do wish to prune, do so after flowering in spring. Fothergilla is known to sucker a bit, especially when it is planted in favorable conditions, but suckers can be pulled, cut with pruners, or cut with a sharp spade as needed.

Botanical Name

Fothergilla x intermedia 'ALICE' PP#32,049, CBRAF


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring


Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Specimen, Woodland gardens, Fall interest


Attracts pollinators, Deer resistant, Fall interest, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Native

Blooms on

Old wood


Brian McGowan

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