With attractive lacey foliage that is very sweetly scented this makes an attractive, colonizing, small shrub that should be planted where it can be seen closely and easily touched to release its fragrance into the air. It has a long history of medicinal uses but is seen less frequently than deserved outside the North East.
Fothergilla x intermedia 'Mt. Airy' (Mt. Airy Dwarf Fothergilla)
A select American native, 'Mt. Airy' merits wider use as compared to its close relatives, the witchhazels, which are much larger in mature stature. Exhibits excellent hardiness, attractive summer foliage and spectacular autumn color. The white bottlebrush flowers are borne in showy abundance during April/May.
Due to its multi-season appeal, this multi-stemmed tree, introduced from China only in 1980, is finally starting to gain followers. Covered with large clusters of white flowers in mid summer, in late summer and fall it displays great masses of pink-red seeds. Finally, the winter season highlights its shaggy bark - the color of soft beach sand. It does require shaping to highlight its normally "stemmy" form - a central leader formed early helps to make it a highly marketable tree, but it cannot be reshaped if neglected when small.