165 Deutzia gracilisCommon Names: deutzia, slender deutzia, English dogwood Family: Saxifragaceae (saxifrage Family)
Slender deutzia is an attractive deciduous shrub with a long history as a garden favorite. Deutzia grows erectly to 6 ft (1.8 m) high but assumes a mounded form with age and is usually seen at 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) with an equal spread. The shrub's slender stems are yellowish green-brown and hold opposite, lance to oval-shaped leaves that are 2.5-3 in (6.4-7.6 cm) long and 0.75-1.5 in (1.9-3.8 cm) wide. These are smooth, thin and delicate with a bright green upper surface and smooth, almost white undersides. For about two weeks in April or May these shrubs completely cover themselves with racemes of pure white, cup-shaped flowers 0.5-0.75 in (1.3- 1.9 cm). The pure white flowers against the handsome green foliage gives the shrub a particularly appealing fresh look that catches the eye and sensitive noses will enjoy the plants light fragrance.
Deutzia gracilis is native to Japan and is popular as a landscape item, along with its many hybrids, throughout the world.
CultureLight: Sun to light shade. Moisture: Average moisture. Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 - 10. Propagation: Softwood cuttings during warm weather.
Plant slender deutzia as a low hedge, border, or in a mixed shrub border. Does well defining an area because of its low, broad shape. If space is unlimited, use deutzia with abandon! But remember, there are myriad low growing shrubs that have superior qualities or that stay evergreen, and would serve the same purposes.
Deutzia is a prolific, free flowering shrub that blooms in spring just after the azaleas and before the gardenias. There are several species in this genus, as well as numerous hybrids that are used in the garden, slender deutzia is the most popular. Deutzia purpurascens is a very similar shrub that has flowers with petal tinted purple on the outside. Deutzia x rosea is a hybrid of these two with pale pink flowers. Deutzia scabra is another popular member of the genus. All of the deutzias are easy to grow and bothered by few diseases or pests.
Steve Christman 08/17/97; updated 04/25/03, 4/22/04, 5/16/05