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Similar but less problematic plants:
Berberis thunbergii Berberis thunbergii berries
Deutzia gracilis is often confused with:
Exochorda racemosa Exochorda racemosa
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Heuchera sanguinea form, flowers and leaves
Petunia x hybrida Petunia x hybrida
Tilia americana Tilia americana

Deutzia gracilis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
DOO-zee-uh GRASS-il-is
Description

A compact densely mounding shrub which is very adaptable to adverse conditions: cold, pollution, disease and can be severely pruned to rejuvenate. Also drought tolerant. Learn more about Deutzia.

Wildlife Value: This plant is seldom damaged by deer

Quick ID Hints:

  • Margins are setose with bristles pointing up
  • White flowers in racemes/panicles on pins
  • Low, broad deciduous shrub with opposite leaves
  • Acuminate leaf tips are outside of plane of leaf

Deciduous shrub to 5', low and broad.

Blooms in mid-spring-heavy bloomer; buds are pin-head sized in contrast to those of Exchorda racemosa which are pearl-sized; leaves are pointed and serrate with bristle tips(setose) that point toward the upward surface (hold at eye level) and leaf tips outside of the plane of the leaf; cane-like growth. 

Tolerates most well-drained soils and is pH adaptable; tolerates full sun or light shade; easily transplanted; unkempt-looking if unpruned; prune in late winter (will sacrifice flowers for 1 year); relatively pest/disease free.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nikko'
  • 'Variegata'
'Nikko', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#deciduous#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#deer resistant#adaptable#fantz#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nikko'
  • 'Variegata'
'Nikko', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#deciduous#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#deer resistant#adaptable#fantz#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Deutzia
    Species:
    gracilis
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & South Japan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is seldom damaged from deer. Drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    A dehiscent capsule, brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Pure white 0.5-0.7 in. flowers on 1.5-3 in. racemes in early summer on old wood; mild fragrance. Racemes or narrow panicles on pins, 15-30" long; pedicels long and slender. (10-30 or more) pure white, fragrant, 3/4" across; calyx teeth 5; petals 5; stamens in 2 series of 5, filaments winged and toothed.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Cuneate
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, bright to deep green leaves; 1-3 in. long; non-showy fall color. Oblong-lanceolate, acuminate with tip outside of plane of leaf, cuneate, minutely serrulate and setose with bristles pointed up, bright to deep green, glabrous beneath.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Yellowish gray-brown, glabrous; bark exfoliating on older stems; cane-like growth.