- n Fothergilla small genus of deciduous shrubs of the southeastern United States
- n fothergilla any of several deciduous low-growing shrubs of the genus Fothergilla having showy brushlike spikes of white flowers in spring and fiery red and orange autumn color; grows from Alabama to the Allegheny Mountains
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n fothergilla A genus of shrubs of the family Hamamelidaceæ. It is distinguished from related genera by having apetalous flowers in terminal spikes, a bell-shaped and 5- to 7-lobed calyx, numerous stamens, and the fruit a 2-partitioned and 2-seeded capsule. There are three species of the southern Alleghany region, two of which, F. Carolina (F. Gardeni of Murray) and F. major, are planted for ornament. The former is sometimes known as witch-alder.