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Fothergilla Legend of the Fall Shrubs for Sale Online
Legend of the Fall Fothergilla, or Alice Bottlebrush Shrubs, have been bred to have the best fall color of a plant that is already known for its spectacular fall displays. While Fothergilla Bottlebrush Shrubs all have showy fall foliage, Fothergilla Legend of the Fall surpasses all of them with glowing oranges, neon yellows, vibrant crimson reds, and decadent burgundies on its autumn leaves.
This variety of Fothergilla also blooms with fragrant bottlebrush-shaped white flowers in the spring, which will bring a light aroma of honey to any garden. This native shrub looks best when left to grow without pruning, as its habit lends itself to create a popular naturalistic look, and it blooms on old wood. Create an informal border hedge or create dynamic layers of heights and colors under your trees. Fothergilla Legend of the Fall will show its most vibrant colors in full sun but is also very shade-tolerant.
|4 to 5 Feet
|4 to 5 Feet
|Full sun to part shade, best color is in full sun
|Dark green in spring, reds yellows and oranges in fall
|White, fragrant bottle-brush shaped blooms in spring
|Mass planting, informal hedges, layering under trees, naturalistic gardens
How to Care for Proven Winners® Color Choice® Legend of the Fall® Fothergilla
When purchasing Fothergilla Legend of the Fall, be sure to read the recommended planting and care instructions to ensure a successful transition to its new home.
How much sun do Fothergilla Shrubs Need?
Alice Bottlebrush Shrubs, or Fothergilla Legend of the Fall Shrubs, show off their best color in full sun (at least 6 hours a day). They are incredibly tolerant of shade and will do just fine in partial shade, but color that they are known for will not be quite as brilliant.
How do I plant a Fothergilla Legend of the Fall Shrubs?
Fothergilla Legend of the Fall shrubs should be planted in a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the container they arrive in. Create an even mix of organic material and native soil and backfill the hole with the mix until your fothergilla is in the perfect position. Make sure it is not too deep - as long as you can see the original soil from the container it arrived in, you should be OK. Pat gently, cover in a 2 - 3 inch layer of mulch and water thoroughly. Check on your shrubs every other day for the first few weeks to ensure the soil stays evenly moist - better drainage or hotter temperatures will mean more waterings are needed.
What kind of soil is best for Bottlebrush Legend of the Fall Shrubs?
Fothergilla, or Bottlebrush, do best in loamy to average soil with good drainage. If your soil is clay, you will need to amend your soil before planting so that the roots have adequate space for water drainage and for growth - they do not do well in clay. Amending can be as simple as mixing a 50/50 mix of organic material with your local soil. Peat, mulched leaves, or compost are great options. Regardless of your soil type, creating a mix like this and incorporating a starter fertilizer such as Espoma Biotone Starter Plus will help your new shrubs become established that much more successfully.
Should I prune or trim my Fothergilla Legend of the Fall Shrubs?
We do not recommend that you trim or prune Fothergilla Legend of the Fall. New growth comes from the older wood, so you only need to remove dead branches. The naturally upright growth habit of Fothergilla Legend of the Fall lends itself to more natural landscape designs. If you like your garden to look like nature did all of the work for you, then this is a great option, since it looks best when left alone. A wild, naturalistic garden with Fothergilla Legend of the Fall would also look good with some flowing grasses, spring perennials like Rudbeckia, and fall blooming plants like Aster or Caryopteris.