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Windy City Fothergilla*

Fothergilla gardenii 'Windy City'

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Windy City Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii 'Windy City') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Windy City Fothergilla flowers

Windy City Fothergilla flowers

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Windy City Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii 'Windy City') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Windy City Fothergilla in bloom

Windy City Fothergilla in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Dwarf Fothergilla, Witch Alder


This notably hardy selection features showy white "bottle-brush" flowers in spring at the ends of bare branches, blue-green foliage has good orange-red fall color and a shapely rounded habit of growth; prefers light acidic soils

Ornamental Features

Windy City Fothergilla features showy spikes of fragrant white flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The round leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Windy City Fothergilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Windy City Fothergilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Windy City Fothergilla will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features