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Deutzia ningpoensis

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Deutzia chunii
  • Deutzia ningpoensis f. integrifoliis
Phonetic Spelling
DOO-zee-uh ning-poh-EN-sis
Description

Ning-po Deutzia is a medium-sized deciduous shrub that has an open habit and flaking bark. The leaves are papery and lance-shaped leaves and panicles of white or pink flowers bloom during the summer months. The shrub is a member of the Hydrangeaceae or hydrangea family.

Ning-po is a native of Central and Southeast China, and it is typically found in mixed forests, mountain slopes, and valleys.

The genus name, Deutzia, honors a Dutch amateur botanist from the 1700s, Johan van der Deutz. The species name, ningpoenesis, and the common name, Ning-po, are most likely named for the port city, Ningpo or Ningbo, which is in eastern China and south of Shanghai. The Chinese word, Ningbo or Ning-po, translated means "peaceful waves."

The shrub prefers moist, well-drained soils but is accepting of most soil types. It flowers best in full sun but does tolerate partial shade. 

The shrub matures to a height from 3 to 8 feet in 5 to 10 years and is nearly as wide. The stems are reddish-brown, and the leaves are green on the upper surface and grayish-green on the undersides. The leaves have a papery texture and are densely hairy on the undersides of the leaf. The star-shaped flowers are white or pink and are arranged in clusters measuring 2 to 5 inches long. They flower from May to July. Fruit capsules follow the flowers and are seen from September to October.

Ning-po Deutzia could be considered in USDA Hardiness Zone 5 to 8. This low maintenance and drought tolerant shrub may be used on banks or slopes or in flower beds and borders.

Seasons of Interest:

Bloom:  Summer     Foliage:  Spring and Summer     Bark and Stems:  Winter

Quick ID Hints:

  • flaky bark
  • reddish-brown stems
  • ovate to lance-shaped, simple leaves, serrate to entire margins, green upper surface, and grayish-green hairy undersides
  • star-shaped white or pink flowers arranged in clusters measuring 2 to 5 inches long
  • tiny fruit capsule follows flowers

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Ning-Po Deutzia is generally pest and disease-free. 

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#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#slopes#cottage garden#summer flowers#flowering shrub#deer resistant#border planting#naturalized area#exfoliating bark#partial shade tolerant#open
 
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#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#slopes#cottage garden#summer flowers#flowering shrub#deer resistant#border planting#naturalized area#exfoliating bark#partial shade tolerant#open
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Deutzia
    Species:
    ningpoensis
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and Southeast China
    Distribution:
    Native: China North-Central, China South-Central, and China Southeast
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Fragrance
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Open
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a capsule that is a half-circle in shape, measures 4 to 5 mm in diameter, and is densely hairy. The fruit is present from September through October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are showy, slightly fragrant, and white or pink. Each flower is star-shaped. They appear in loose clusters that measure 2 to 5 inches long and 1 to 2.5 inches wide. The flowers bloom from May to July.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Papery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are ovate to oblong or lanceolate. They measure 1 to 3.5 inches long and 0.5 to 1.25 inches wide. The upper surface is green, and the lower surface is grayish-green. They are papery and more densely hairy on the undersides. The margins may be slightly serrate or entire. The base of the leaf is rounded, and the tips are pointed.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    The bark is flaky or peeling.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    The stems have hairs and are reddish-brown.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought