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Deutzia x magnifica

Phonetic Spelling
DOO-zee-uh mag-NIH-fe-kuh
Description

Showy Deutzia is a hybrid deciduous shrub that resulted from the cross between Deutzia scabra and Deutzia discolor. It was developed and introduced by the Lemoine Nursery of Nancy, France in 1909. It has very attractive sprays of tiny double white flowers and bright green foliage. The shrub grows dense and upright with arching branches. It may reach a height of 6 to 10 feet and 4 to 8 feet wide. It is a member of the Hydrangeaceae or Hydrangea family. 

The Deutzia genus consists of about 60 species of medium-sized flowering shrubs that are mostly native to Asia. Members of this genus are usually deciduous in their native habitats; however, they may be evergreen in tropical climates.

The genus name, Deutzia, is in honor of a Dutch amateur botanist from the 1700s, named Johan van der Deutz. The hybrid name, magnifica, means "magnificent" or "splendid."

Showy Deutzia tolerates both full sun and partial shade, but they flower best in full sun. They may be planted in most soil types, but the soil needs to be moist and well-drained. Annual pruning is needed to remove dead branches and is best done immediately after blooming. The shrub is propagated by softwood cuttings.

The upright. slender, and arching stems have leaves that are bright green on the upper surface and grayish-green and hairy on the undersides. Large dense panicles of tiny white double flowers bloom from May to June and cover the shrub for about 2 weeks. The foliage of this shrub is similar to its parent, Deutzia scabra. The flowers of this hybrid; however, have shorter, broader, and denser panicles, and the blooms are white and double.

Showy Deutzia will bring added interest to a border, cottage garden, or woodland setting. 

Seasons of Interest:

Bloom:  Spring                  Foliage: Spring and Summer

  • dense, upright deciduous shrub with slender and arching stems
  • up to 4-inch-long medium green leaves
  • grayish-green and hairy on the undersides of the leaf
  • dense, broad, short panicles of white double flowers

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Showy Deutzia has no serious pest and diseases issues, but aphids and leaf spots can 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."

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338665982_Identification_Genome_Sizes_and_Ploidy_of-Deutzia

Learn more about Deutzia.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Hidden Vegetable Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Eburnea'
    Single white flowers
  • 'Nancy'
    Clusters of abundant white double flowers
  • 'Rubra'
  • 'Superba'
'Eburnea', 'Nancy', 'Rubra', 'Superba'
Tags:
#arching#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#white flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#cottage garden#hedges#flowering shrub#foundation planting#double flowers#hybrids#flowers late spring#green leaves#short lived blooms#shrub borders#woodland garden#pruning tolerant#dense growth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Eburnea'
    Single white flowers
  • 'Nancy'
    Clusters of abundant white double flowers
  • 'Rubra'
  • 'Superba'
'Eburnea', 'Nancy', 'Rubra', 'Superba'
Tags:
#arching#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#white flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#cottage garden#hedges#flowering shrub#foundation planting#double flowers#hybrids#flowers late spring#green leaves#short lived blooms#shrub borders#woodland garden#pruning tolerant#dense growth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Deutzia
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Hybrid introduced in Lemoine Nursery of Nancy, France in1909
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Erect
    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
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Large panicles or clusters of tiny double white flowers bloom for about 2 weeks from May to June. The flowers measure up to 5/8 inches in diameter, and the panicle measures up to 2.5 inches across.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are simple, opposite, ovate to oblong, and measure up to 4 inches long. The upper surface of the leaf is bright green, and the lower surface is grayish-green and hairy.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The stems are slender and arching.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy