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Deutzia - A Hardy, Summer-Flowering Plant

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Deutzia - A Hardy, Summer-Flowering Plant

Deutzia

Slender Deutzia

What is Deutzia?

Deutzia is a genus of flowering plants with up to 60 species. It is hardy and requires low maintenance. Native to Central America, central and eastern Asia (the Philippines, Japan and the Himalayas) and Europe. The plants belong to the Hydrangeaceae family. China is home to most plant species up to 50.

Ranging from subtropical to deciduous to evergreen plant species, the shrubs grow up to 4m high. They have simple, opposite leaves with serrated margins. The flowers range from pink-reddish to white, and grow in corymbs or panicles.

The dry capsule fruits feature many small seeds. Seed capsule structure and leaf hairs microscopic details help identify the species of a plant.

Deutzia Tourbillon Rouge

Pink Deutzia Tourbillon Rouge Flower

Deutzia Etymology

The plant Deutzia was named after Johann van der Deutz, a Dutch botany patron in the 18th Century.

Deutzia Cultivation

Hardy, temperate Deutzia shrubs thrive in cold winters in the far eastern regions. Hybrids and early-flowering species bloom prematurely due to mild climates followed by frost that spoil the plants. The plants do better in Edinburgh than London and England.

Creating the coldest micro-climates in areas experiencing mild climates is the solution to growing early-flowering magnolias in such climates.

Deutzia Uses

Deutzia plants have pink and white showy flowers, hence their use as ornamental plants. Some hybrids and cultivars even have double flowers to further beautify gardens.

Deutzia gracilis Shrub in a Garden

Deutzia gracilis Shrub in a Garden

Popular Deutzia Cultivars

  • Deutzia scabra (Codsall Pink and Candidissima)
  • Deutzia crenata
  • Deutzia monbeigii
  • Deutzia gracilis (Nikko)
  • Deutzia hybrida (Mont Rose, Contraste and Strawberry Fields)

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