How to Grow Deutzia

Deutzia hybrida
Deutzia hybrida

Deutzia is a deciduous shrub grown for its airy sprays of white or pink spring flowers. Deutzias have a delicate arching habit. Some develop showy exfoliating bark with age.

Deutzia flowers are borne on long stems studded with clusters of five-petalled, star-shaped, or cup-shaped flowers to about 1 inch (2.5cm) across.

Deutzia blooms in spring are followed by a summer of green foliage, yellow autumn leaves, and then bare wood. Adding Deutzia to a shrub border of evergreens will showcase the spring flowers.

Deutzia scabra
Deutzia scabra

Get to know Deutzia

  • Plant type: Deciduous shrub
  • Growing zones and range: Zones 4 to 8
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy deciduous shrub; flowers can be damaged by a late frost
  • Height and width: 3 to 8 feet tall and about as wide depending on the variety.
  • Foliage: Green to gray opposite leaves are fairly narrow to 4 inches (10cm) long
  • Flowers: Five-petalled, star-shaped or cupped flowers
  • Bloom time: Mid to late spring
  • Uses: Add to shrub borders for spring color; green after flowering
  • Common name: Deutzia
  • Botanical name: Deutzia
  • Family name: Saxifragaceae
  • Origin: Himalayas, China, Japan

Where to plant Deutzia

  • Plant Deutzia in full sun or light shade.
  • Grow Deutzia in average to moderately rich garden soil.
  • Avoid planting Deutzia where there is a constant breeze.
Deutzia lemoinei
Deutzia lemoinei

When to plant Deutzia

  • Plant bare-root shrubs in well-drained garden soil between autumn and early spring.
  • Plant container-grown Deutzia in spring or autumn.

Planting and spacing Deutzia

  • Space Deutzia 3 to 5 feet (.9-1.5m) apart depending on the variety.

How to water and feed Deutzia

  • Keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Fertilize Deutzia with an all-purpose organic fertilizer in spring.
Deutzia Strawberry Fields. Deutzia gracilis Rosea 'Strawberry Fields'
Deutzia Strawberry Fields. Deutzia gracilis Rosea ‘Strawberry Fields’

Deutzia care

  • Give Deutzia a hard pruning to within 6 inches of the ground every two to three years.
  • Prune Deutzia in mid-summer after flowering is finished.

Deutzia pests and diseases

  • Deutzia is usually problem free; it can be attacked by snails which eat new shoots.

Deutzia propagation

  • Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
  • Propagate Deutzia by hardwood cuttings. Take hardwood cutting in autumn.
 Deutzia scabra var. sieboldiana
Deutzia scabra var. sieboldiana

Deutzia varieties to grow

  • Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’: Grows to 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide; bears starry white flowers.
  • D. elegantissima: Grows to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide; bears deep rose flowers.
  • D. gracilis: Bush shrub grows 3 to 5 feet tall in graceful mound; upright panicles or racemes of white flowers are slightly fragrant.
  • D. x lemoinei, lemoine deutizia: Dense shrub grows to 6 feet tall and wide; cold-weather hardy; pure white flowers; yellow foliage in fall.
  • D. x magnifica, showy deutzia: Upright grows to 6 feet tall; bears dense panicle of double flowers.
  • D. scabra, fuzzy deutzia: Grows to 8 feet tall with expoliating bark.

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