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Bottlebrush - Legend of the Small™

Fothergilla x intermedia 'NCFI1'

Fothergilla has always been appreciated for its spectacular autumn color, but Legend of the Small sets a new standard when the small bluish-green leaves turn brilliant, glowing hues of orange, yellow, and red. Spring brings a crop of fragrant brush-like white flowers. Deer resistant and heat tolerant. Excellent addition in mixed borders, foundation plantings and woodland gardens. Springtime fragrance and astonishing autumn brilliance can't be beat!

Our plants come with extra large and fibrous root systems, ready to plant and flourish! 

Pot Size For This Plant Premium Quart
Shipped Height Plant is 5" to 10" above the pot - Shorter heights are sometimes due to pruning
Zones 5 to 9
Soil Type Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
Mature Height & Width 2' - 2.5' Height and 2'-4' Spread
Growth Rate Moderate
Site Selection Full Sun to Part Sun
Moisture Requirements Average to moist but well drained soil 
Blooming Period Spring


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Product questions

  • Heather N Jones
    May 24, 2021, 07:29 PM

    Will this do well planted in the earth or is it just for pots? Perennial or annual?

    May 25, 2021, 10:24 AM

    The plants are meant to be planted in the ground. If you want to grow in a container, you can but they are best in the ground. It is a perennial shrub, that will come back every year.

  • Brenda
    May 12, 2021, 08:53 PM

    Do these scrubs lose their leaves in the winter or do they stay green?

    May 13, 2021, 01:10 PM

    Yes, Bottlebrush is a deciduous shrub, so in the fall they will turn colors and then fall off.

  • Lisa Wilson
    Mar 26, 2021, 08:30 AM

    Will this or any species of bottle brush grow in Maine?

    Mar 26, 2021, 12:23 PM

    Unless you are located in the very southern part of Maine, they are not in your planting zone. The Bottlebrush we have will grow in zones 5-9. I am not sure if there are other varieties that will work in your zone

Moist, acidic soils - good drainage is imperative.

Little pruning is required - prune after flowering if desired. Avoid cutting into thick stems unless removing them entirely, as recovery will be slow.

Though tolerant of shade, flowering and fall color are best with at least some sun each day. Plant where its fragrance can be enjoyed.