Choose a well drained acid soil, pre-enriched with leaf mold or other decomposed organic matter. Fothergilla will tolerate partial shade, especially in hot climates, but will produce better fall color and more flowers if situated in full sun. “Blue Mist”, which has blue foliage, performs best in light shade.
Pruning should be necessary only to shape. A year round mulch is recommended to maintain soil moisture and even soil temperature. Fothergillas are quite tolerant of wet soil conditions. If grown in dry sites, they should be deeply watered during periods of drought, especially for the first two years.