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Slender arching stems covered in clusters of white flowers grace this shrub in late spring.  Use in front of a border, edging a walkway or in groups. A yearly pruning is needed to keep deutzia looking tidy.Botanical name: Deutzia gracilis

  • Family (English) Hydrangea
  • Family (botanic) Hydrangeaceae
  • Tree or plant type Shrub
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Small shrub (3-5 feet)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil, Occasional drought
  • Season of interest mid spring
  • Flower color and fragrance Fragrant, White
  • Shape or form Mounded
  • Growth rate Moderate, Slow

Size and Form: 

Slender deutzia is 2 to 4 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide.  It has a mounded form with slender arching stems.

Native geographic location and habitat: 

Native to Japan

Bark color and texture: 

Bark peels on older stems.

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

Simple, opposite leaves are 1 to 3 inches long, with fine teeth margins. Bright green in summer, the fall color is inconsistent, only occasionally tinged with maroon.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size: 

Small, white fragrant flowers are borne in terminal clusters. 

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions: 

Dried capsules are not ornamentally showy.

Plant care:

Best in full sun in well-drained soils. Tolerant of part shade and most soil pH. Develops chlorosis in high pH soils. Prune in spring after flowering. Plants can get overgrown and ratty as they age.

List of pests, diseases, and tolerances: 

No serious problems; aphids and leaf spots are occasional problems.  The plant may develop chlorosis in high pH soil.

Chardonnay Pearls® Slender Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’):  

White spring flowers and lime-yellow  summer foliage adds color to the landscape; plants reach 2 to 2 1/2 feet high.

Nikko Slender Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’):

Compact, 2 to 4 feet high, white spring flowers, blue-green foliage, and deep burgundy fall color.


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