Slender Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 to 5 feet, usually about 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 10, 2018 11:23 AM

If one buys a Deutzia, this seems to be the best species in my opinion. This species is native to Japan. I remember in the 1980's it was sold a good amount from many Chicagoland nurseries to homeowners and landscape architects. It does have a reliable, nice, delicate, white flower display in May. Otherwise, it is a twiggy low shrub that does not have any other really showy feature, like other Deutzias. I recommended one for a neighbour lady back in northeast Illinois in the 1980's for her house foundation and she loved it. I had her prune it every year after it bloomed so as to keep it being neat, because these shrubs do become unkempt in time. The genus of Deutzia from East Asia is closely related to Mockoranges (Philadelphus), except that the former genus has 5-petal flowers rather than 4-petal flowers.

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