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A genus of two or three species of deciduous shrubs of the witch hazel family in the family Hamamelidaceae, native to the souteastern United States. Sometimes planted as ornamentals for their spring flowering and their fall colour. One of the species is Fothergilla gardenii, named after Dr. Alexander Garden (1730-1791), a Scottish physician and botanist who lived in South Carolina where the plant is native, and also for whom the Gardenia is named.

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