DEUTZIA

FAMILY: Hydrangeaceae

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

These shrubs are best used among evergreens, where they can make a show with their small, often fragrant flowers, then blend back in with other greenery later on. Bloom season coincides with that of late spring bulbs such as tulips and Dutch iris. Prune as soon as flowers fade. With low- or medium-growing kinds, cut some of oldest stems to ground every other year. With tall kinds, prune heavily each year after bloom, cutting back wood that has flowered to outward-facing branches. Tough, easy to grow. Not browsed by deer.

slender deutzia

deutzia crenata

  • Native to Japan.
  • Similar to Deutzia scabra but has white flowers.
  • Foliage turns deep purple red in fall.
  • Deutzia c.
  • nakaiana, a dwarf form to only 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide, has double blossoms.

deutzia elegantissima

  • Grows to 6 feet tall and wide, with pink flowers and dull green, oval, 2- to 3 inches-long leaves.
  • Rosealind, to 45 feet tall and wide, has deep rose blooms.

deutzia gracilis

  • Native to Japan.
  • To 24 feet (possibly 6 feet.) tall, 34 feet wide, with many slender, gracefully arching stems.
  • Clusters of snowy white flowers; broadly lance-shaped, bright green, 2 inches leaves with finely toothed edges.
  • Chardonnay Pearls has chartreuse foliage.
  • Nikko grows only 12 feet high, spreading to 5 feet wide; can be used as a ground cover.

showy deutzia

deutzia hybrids

  • These include 'Pink-a-Boo', an erect grower to 68 feet tall and 6 feet wide, with large clusters of pink flowers; and 'Magicien' ('Magician'), similar but with dark red blossoms.

D.magnifica

  • An open, multistemmed shrub that grows 610 feet tall and about 6 feet wide.
  • Blooms profusely; probably the showiest of the deutzias.
  • Double white blooms.

fuzzy deutzia

D.rosea

  • To 34 feet tall and wide.
  • Short clusters of pinkish flowers with white interiors; broadly lance-shaped, dark green, 1- to 3 inches-long leaves with finely toothed edges.
  • Burgundy fall foliage.

deutzia scabra

  • Native to Japan, China.
  • To 710 feet by 6 feet Oval, scallop-toothed, 3 inches-long, dull green leaves are roughish to the touch.
  • White or pinkish flowers in narrow, upright clusters.
  • Pride of Rochester has large clusters of small, frilly, double white flowers tinged pink.
  • Codsall Pink ('Godsall Pink') bears double pink blooms.
  • Leaves of 'Variegata' are marked with white.

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