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Deutzia gracilis is often confused with:
Exochorda racemosa Exochorda racemosa
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Tilia americana Tilia americana
Phlox subulata Phlox subulata

Slender Deutzia Deutzia gracilis

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

Slender deutzia is a low and broad densely mounding deciduous shrub in the Hydrangeaceae (hygrandea) family.  It is native to Japan and has multistemed cane-like growth reaching about 5 feet tall and wide. The genus name Deutzia is derived from Johan van der Deutz a botanist from the Netherlands.  Gracilis is Latin for graceful.

Plant in the full sun to light shade and it tolerates most well-drained soils and is pH adaptable.This heavy bloomer has white racemes of fragrant flowers that appear in late spring.  The buds are pin-head sized in contrast to those of Exchorda racemosa which are pearl-sized. 

It is easily transplanted.  The appearance will be unkempt-looking if left unpruned so if a rejuvenation is needed plan to prune in late winter, although the flowers will be sacrificed for 1 year because blossoms appear on second year wood.

This plant is seldom damaged by deer and is drought tolerant. It is very adaptable to adverse conditions including cold, pollution, and diseases.

Use this plant along a foundation, as a formal hedge, in a shrub border, or a woodland garden.

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

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Aphids and leaf miners are occasional insect pests.  The chlorophyll can bleach out of leaves in high sun conditions.

Learn more about Deutzia.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nikko'
  • 'Variegata'
'Nikko', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#low maintenance#air pollution tolerant#hedges#disease resistant#deer resistant#adaptable#foundation planting#cold tolerant#fantz#late spring flowers#clay soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#shrub borders#woodland garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nikko'
  • 'Variegata'
'Nikko', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#low maintenance#air pollution tolerant#hedges#disease resistant#deer resistant#adaptable#foundation planting#cold tolerant#fantz#late spring flowers#clay soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#shrub borders#woodland garden
  • 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:
    Arching
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    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:
    Clay
    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
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Pure white bell shaped 0.5-0.7 in. flowers on 1.5-3 in. racemes in late spring 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.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Pollution