Fothergilla major

Common Names: Large witch alder, mountain witch alder, large Fothergilla
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Witch-hazel family

Generally grows to be a large shrub or small understory tree, reaching 12 feet tall and wide. It forms oval leaves scalloped along the edge and deeply channeled in a herringbone pattern.

Native to ridge tops, riverbanks, and dry slopes in the southern Appalachians, in Connecticut it is commonly found in landscaping. Flowers appear in early spring along with new leaves. The white bottlebrush blooms announce their arrival with a rich, honeyed perfume.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.