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Deutzia scabra - Fuzzy Deutzia

Deutzia scabra - Fuzzy Deutzia

White Deutzia scabra Flowers

Wouter Hagens, Deutzia scabra C, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons


What is Deutzia scabra?

Also known as Fuzzy Deutzia (Deutzia scabra common name), Deutzia scabra is a deciduous plant. It grows upright and has arching, crown-like branches. The plant can grow up to 8 feet wide and 10 feet in height. As the tree matures, its brown-orange bark peels and hang. Native to China and Japan, the plant does well in hardiness zone 5.

Deutzia scabra Description

Deutzia scabra is tall, mid-sized and grows upright. It also has a medium rate of growth and coarse texture. The plant has simple leaves in summer with an opposite arrangement. The lanceolate-shaped leaves grow up to 2 inches wide and 4 inches in length.

The leaves are round at the base, feature crenate margins and come in a dull, olive-green color tone. The pubescent nature of the leaves renders them rough to touch. The plant foliage has no distinct color in autumn. Deutzia scabra flowers are white and grow up to 0.75 inches in diameter.

Deutzia scabra Trunk

Deutzia scabra Trunk

KENPEI, Deutzia scabra1, CC BY-SA 3.0

The panicle from which flowers sprout grows up to 6 inches long. Flowering begins in early June after the Deutzia gracilis species. Fruits develop in the form of dry, brown capsules in the form of cups. They grow hairs in their openings and develop into winter.

Deutzia scabra Culture & Propagation

Scabra thrives in well-drained soils and grow under the full sun. It's easy to transplant and has an adaptable pH. This Deutzia cultivar is often pruned after the flowering season due to its effective renewal growth after pruning.

The plant is prone to aphids and leaf spot and minor diseases. Scabra is propagated through softwood cuttings or seeds.

Scabra Uses

Deutzia scabra is often grown for its flowering effect and texture. It's used as a border and foundation plant, explaining why it's usually grown in groups or masses.

Deutzia scabra Leaves

Deutzia scabra Leaves

KENPEI, Deutzia scabra2, CC BY-SA 3.0

Dutzia scabra Varieties

Scabra species include the following:

  • Pride of Rochester - has light pink flowers
  • Godsall/Codsall Pink - has light pink flowers
  • Rosea - single flowers in rose colors
  • Candidissima - has white flowers
  • Flore-pleno - has tinged-pink, white flowers
  • Pink Minor - dwarf growth up to 3 feet tall and has pink flowers
  • Punctata and Variegata - has variegated foliage

Other Deutzia Varieties

A few other popular Deutzia cultivars include the following:

Grow Deutzia Cultivars at Home

Are you looking to grow a Deutzia species in your garden? Check out our metal raised garden bed to propagate your Deutzia seeds or cuttings.

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