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  1. fothergilla, witch alder(noun)

    any of several deciduous low-growing shrubs of the genus Fothergilla having showy brushlike spikes of white flowers in spring and fiery red and orange autumn color; grows from Alabama to the Allegheny Mountains

  2. genus Fothergilla, Fothergilla(noun)

    small genus of deciduous shrubs of the southeastern United States

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  1. Fothergilla

    Fothergilla is a genus of two or three species of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, native to woodland and swamps of the southeastern United States. They are low-growing deciduous shrubs growing to 1–3 m tall with downy twigs. The brush-like flowers are produced before the leaves in spring on terminal spikes; they do not have any petals, but a conspicuous cluster of white stamens 2–3 cm long. The leaves are alternate, broad ovoid, 4–10 cm long and 3–8 cm broad, with a coarsely toothed margin; they are noted for their brilliant orange or red fall colors. ⁕Fothergilla gardenii dwarf witch alder ⁕†Fothergilla malloryi ⁕Fothergilla major large witch alder ⁕Fothergilla monticola Alabama witch alder; commonly included in F. major The genus was named in honor of John Fothergill.

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