Fothergilla major (including F. monticola) is, like Parrotia, Disanthus and Corylopsis another relative of the witch-hazels, Hamamelis, and all have excellent autumn colour. In fact, Fothergilla, which rarely exceeds 2 m in height is amongst my very favourite small shrubs for the autumn, and it also makes a brave show in spring with large erect sulphur-coloured catkins. It is very localised in the wild, originating from the Allegheny mountains of West Virginia, USA. Like Parrotia, the autumn colour is multihued, a coat of many colours. Authors garden, UK.