Fothergilla major (south-eastern North America)
Habit: An upright, domed normal shrub with 1.5-2.5 (3) m tall and wide; many shoots, twigs somewhat slow-growing, 15-25 cm a year.
Flowers: Attractive flower spikes like bottle-brushes before leaves shoot, end of April to beginning of May, persistent, initially greenish white, then cream-white, spicy fragrance of honey.
Leaves: Like alders, leathery, pale green; persistent flaming orange-yellow to scarlet from end of September; some of the most beautiful autumn colours.
Demands: Sun to semi-shade, unique colours in the sun; avoids heat and drought, frost hardy; for cool, humid areas.
Soil: Acidic-humic, fresh or moist soil.
Hardiness: Zone 7a