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.

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