Fothergilla L.

Commemorating John Fothergill (1712–80), eminent English physician who introduced and cultivated many new plants.

Deciduous shrubs. Buds with 2 densely hairy scales that are soon shed. Leaves with large teeth; stipules present. Flowers in terminal clusters or spikes, without petals. Sepals 5-7. Stamens mostly 17-24, filaments white, thickened towards the tip; anthers opening by valves. Fruit an ovoid, hairy capsule with beaked tip; seeds 1 per chamber, shiny brown.

Generally by seed but also occasionally by cuttings and layers.

Leaves deciduous with pinnate venation; flowers white; anthers valvate.

2 species from SE North America.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Hamamelidaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Hamamelidaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Fothergilla major Lodd.