I walked through the arboretum this week looking for early fall color in the park. This Fothergilla major always seems to be one of our first color transformations and its brilliant reds and oranges drew me to it as usual.
The Fothergilla major is a deciduous shrub native to the Southeastern U.S. where its common name is Witch Alder. Though not an alder, it is in the Hamamelidaceae family and, like its relative Witch Hazel, is a wonderful deciduous shrub for any garden.
Although the Japanese Maples are not quite turning as of this date, there is still great fall color to be seen in other trees like the Chestnut,Maples, Sumacs and others.
Our Free Weekend Walk topic from mid-October through at least mid-November will be on fall color. Come on a tour and let us show you the Park in its autumn glory. Join us on any Sunday at 1pm in front of the Graham Visitors Center.