In the 21 years we have lived here in Northeast Georgia, I have never seen our Fothergilla bloom as it has this year. Commonly known as Witch Alder or Mountain Witch-Hazel, the Fothergilla is a slow-growing shrub that is native to the southeastern United States. The flowers are brush-like and bloom from April to early May before the leaves fully appear.
The name Fothergilla honors Dr. John Fothergill, an 18th century English physician and botanist. I don’t know why the shrub is known as Witch Alder. Does anyone know?
Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day.