Floridata Plant Encyclopedia

A Floridata Plant Profile 165 Deutzia gracilis

Common Names: deutzia, slender deutzia, English dogwood Family: Saxifragaceae (saxifrage Family)
Image Gallery

closeup of deutzia blossom
Up close or at a distance, slender deutzia is a springtime garden delight.
closeup of deutzia blossom


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.


Light: Sun to light shade. Moisture: Average moisture. Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 - 10. Propagation: Softwood cuttings during warm weather.
deutzia shrubs
Slender deutzia is a low-growing shrub with a compact form that makes it suitable for use in smaller landscapes.


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, 6/15/17

Master Plant List

Click here to find plants in our Encyclopedia using the Master Plant List grid. Use this widget to search, sort and filter Floridata's plant database to easily locate Plant Profile pages. Use the dropdown menus to filter the grid to display items matching the selected Plant Type and Feature tags.

Plant Type Tags

tree icon
shrub icon
perennial plant icon
aquatic plant icon
cactus and succulents icon
grass icon
vine icon

Feature Tags

Attracts Birds
Attracts butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Edible Plants
Cutting and Arranging
for pots and containers
drought tolerant plants
grows in wet soils
ornamental fruits
fall color
foliage plants
easy to grow plants
fast growing

Site Search

Use Google to search all of the pages on Floridata including the Plant Profile pages

Deutzia species profiled on Floridata:

Deutzia gracilis

( deutzia, slender deutzia, English dogwood )

Deutzia scabra

( fuzzy deutzia, fuzzy pride of Rochester )

More Floridata:

Copyright 2015 Floridata.com LLC