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Lemoine’s deutzia is a mounded, densely twiggy shrub with erect branches. Outstanding pure white flower clusters appear in May. Medium-green foliage turns a clear yellow in the fall. Use in groups, shrub borders, and foundation plantings.

  • Family (English) Hydrangea
  • Family (botanic) Hydrangeaceae
  • Tree or plant type Shrub
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
  • Soil preference Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil
  • Season of interest late spring, late summer
  • Flower color and fragrance White
  • Shape or form Multi-stemmed, Round
  • Growth rate Moderate

Size and form:

Shrubs are dense, twiggy, rounded and reach 5 to 8 feet high and wide.

Native geographic location and habitat:

This shrub is a cross between Deutzia gracilis and D. parviflora.

Bark color and texture:

The bark is made up of slender brownish twigs and older stems exfoliate.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:

Leaves are opposite, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inch long lanceolate leaves with serrated margins. Leaves are medium green and change to a clear yellow in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size:

Flowers are clusters of 1 to 2 inch diameter, pure white, and mounded corymbs that appear in late May.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:

Fruits are not showy, and are brown dehiscent capsules.

Plant care:

Grows best in full sun, well-drained soil, and is pH adaptable. Prune after flowering and periodically use a renewal prune (to the ground) to keep shrubs in bounds.

List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:

Leaf spots, aphids, and mites can be a problem.

Compact Lemoine’s Deutzia (Deutzia x lemoinei ‘Compacta’):

This is a dwarf form reaching 4 feet tall.


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