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Deutzia

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Phonetic Spelling
DOO-zee-uh
Description

Prepare to be surprised in spring! Deutzias are among those plants that are passed down from one generation to another, and you often will see them growing in older landscapes or near an abandoned farmhouse. They go unnoticed most of the year, but for a few weeks in May, Deutzia dazzles as a striking plant covered in showy white or pinkish flowers borne on upright panicles.

Deutzias are available in many species and hybrids, ranging from small compact forms, such as slender deutzia, D. gracilis, to showy deutzia, Deutzia x magnifica, that may reach a mature height of 8 to 10 feet. They are a tough group of plants and bothered by few pests. The larger varieties can become leggy with time, however, so an occasional, heavy cutting-back might be necessary to keep them full and in bounds. Deutzias are related to hydrangeas and grow and flower best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. They tolerate most soil types.

  • Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’ is a compact plant that normally reaches a height and spread of around 3 feet. It has a slender, graceful, arching growth habit and works well as a natural hedge or border to a property.
  • Deutzia scabra ‘Godsall Pink’ can easily reach 6 to 8 feet high and has showy double pink blossoms that can stand up to early hot spells.
  • Deutzia x kalmiifolia features light green foliage that turns dark purple in the fall and reaches 4 to 5 feet in height.
  • Hybrids of D. longifolia and D. discolor produce flowers in various shade of pink or white. Cultivars include ‘Mont Rose’, ‘Magician’, ‘Contraste’, ‘Perle Rose,’ and ‘Pink Pompon.’ Deutzia x magnifica bears beautiful white, double blossoms in dense 1 1/2- to 3-inch-long panicles. Look for cultivars ‘Eburnea’, ‘Latiflora’ and ‘Longipetala.’

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'NCDX2', 'Pink_A-Boo'
Tags:
#deciduous#fragrant flowers#deer resistant#adaptable
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'NCDX2', 'Pink_A-Boo'
Tags:
#deciduous#fragrant flowers#deer resistant#adaptable
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Deutzia
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Himalaya to Russian Far East, Philippines and Mexico
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer Resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 3 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:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Showy white or pinkish flowers borne on upright panicles.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, bright to deep green leaves; non-showy fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No