witch alder

witch alder

noun
a shrub, Fothergilla gardenii, of the witch hazel family, native to the southeastern U.S., having spikes of white flowers that bloom before the leaves appear.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism; see witch hazel, wych elm

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witch alder

noun
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 [syn: fothergilla
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