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Randy Asked

I have this woody type bush growing around my stock pond and it produces this beautiful bloom. I have not been able to identify it. Can you help? Thanks.

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Randy: My best guess is a Fothergilla. These deciduous shrubs belong to the Witch Hazel family and are native to the southeastern United States. Fothergilla gardenii is a dwarf species and Fothergilla major is larger. There are several hybrids sold in the nursery trade. Without seeing an overall picture it is hard to say for certain but from what you have described, I suspect this is a dwarf species. These shrubs are low-growing, understory plants that are commonly found near a water source. They have dark green, leathery foliage that changes color throughout the growing season. Fall color is impressive. Fothergilla produce creamy white, fragrant flowers during the spring months. The flower in the picture is certainly faded and appears to be a male because of the yellow antlers. The typical bloom is less rounded and more spike-like than the one in your picture. For a positive diagnosis you can always take a sample to the horticulture agent at your County Cooperative Extension Service or to a local garden center with a knowledgeable staff. I hope this is helpful.

Angie Oakley

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