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Deutzia crenata

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Deutzia scabra f. pubescens
  • Deutzia scabra var. crenata
Phonetic Spelling
DOO-zee-uh kre-NAY-tuh
Description

Deutzia is a dense, deciduous, flowering shrub that grows to a height of 3 to 9 feet. It has papery green leaves with clusters of white star-shaped flowers that bloom in the spring. The shrub is a member of the Hydrangeaceae or hydrangea family

Deutzia is a native of Japan and may be found on the edges of forests and cliffs.

The genus name, Deutzia, honors a Dutch botanist from the 1700s, Johan van der Deutz.

Plants of this genus prefer fertile, moist, and well-drained soils. They are tolerant of most soil types and are usually drought tolerant once established. They flower best in full sun but do tolerate partial shade. If pruning is required, it is best done immediately after blooming. The shrub may be propagated by stem cuttings or seeds. This plant is seldom damaged by deer. 

The stems of this shrub are reddish-brown. The leaves are simple, lanceolate, and slightly hairy. The fragrant white flowers bloom in abundance and are followed by tiny fruit capsules.

Deutzia is a low-maintenance shrub and would be a lovely addition as a foundation planting, border, or hedgerow.

Seasons of interest:

Bloom:  Spring              Foliage:  Spring and Summer

Quick ID Hints:

  • reddish-brown stems
  • simple, lance to ovate shaped, green leaves measuring 2 to 3 inches long and up to 1-inch wide
  • clusters of five-petalled, star-shaped, white flowers
  • tiny fruit capsule follows the blooms

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Deutzia is generally pest and disease-free, but aphids and leaf spots may occur.

There are more than 60 species of Deutzia. Some species and cultivars may have been sold or traded under incorrect names. A study was completed by William G. Hembree, Thomas Ranney, Nathan P. Lynch, and Brian E. Jackson at North Carolina State University to correct and update the species names for the cultivars studied. The study was published in the Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science and is entitled, "Identification, Genome Sizes and Ploidy of Deutzia."

The cultivars "Candidissima' 'and Codsall Pink or 'Godsall Pink were rekeyed from Deutzia scabra to Deutzia crenata. The cultivar 'Variegata' was rekeyed from Deutzia gracilis to Deutzia crenata.

 

Learn more about Deutzia.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Candidissima'
    Double white flowers
  • 'Codsall Pink'or 'Godsall Pink'
    Double pink flowers with dull green leaves
  • 'Summer Snow'
    White flowers and variegated leaves
  • 'Variegata'
    White flowers with white splashed, speckled leaves
  • 'White Splashed'
    Leaves are green and speckled and splattered with white
'Candidissima', 'Codsall Pink'or 'Godsall Pink', 'Summer Snow', 'Variegata', 'White Splashed'
Tags:
#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#cottage garden#mass planting#hedges#flowering shrub#deer resistant#adaptable#foundation planting#rock garden#border planting#clumping#green leaves#partial shade tolerant#dense growth#erect
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Candidissima'
    Double white flowers
  • 'Codsall Pink'or 'Godsall Pink'
    Double pink flowers with dull green leaves
  • 'Summer Snow'
    White flowers and variegated leaves
  • 'Variegata'
    White flowers with white splashed, speckled leaves
  • 'White Splashed'
    Leaves are green and speckled and splattered with white
'Candidissima', 'Codsall Pink'or 'Godsall Pink', 'Summer Snow', 'Variegata', 'White Splashed'
Tags:
#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#cottage garden#mass planting#hedges#flowering shrub#deer resistant#adaptable#foundation planting#rock garden#border planting#clumping#green leaves#partial shade tolerant#dense growth#erect
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Deutzia
    Species:
    crenata
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Distribution:
    Native: Japan; Introduced: Austria, China South-Central, China Southeast, Czechoslovakia, East Himalayas, Korea, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the United States--AR, CT, FL, GA, IL, KY, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, TN, UT, VT, VA, and WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Seldom damaged by deer
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is seldom damaged from deer. Drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 4 in. - 9 ft. 9 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Dense
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a capsule that appears from August to October. Each capsule is a half-circle in shape and sparsely hairy.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are white and are arranged in panicles or clusters that measure 2 to 4 inches long and 1 to 2.5 inches wide. They have dense yellow-brown hairs. They bloom from April to May.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Papery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are opposite, simple, green, ovate to lanceolate, and sparsely hairy on both sides. They measure 2 to 3 inches long and 0.5 to 1-inch wide. The base of the leaf is rounded, the tip is pointed, and the margins are serrate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    The stems are reddish-brown.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought