Deutzia- Japanese Snow-flower

Magnificent deciduous garden shrubs, a little sensitive to frost when grown in dry soil, but nevertheless very effective.

Situation:

The shrubs do not grow very large and their shape can be kept compact by correct pruning; they are therefore very suitable for small gardens. For profuse flowering, full sun or very light shade is essential. The branches are cut right back immediately after flowering.

Soil:

Will grow in any reasonable garden soil, but they will flower more profusely in heavy, rich soil.

Propagation:

From cuttings in summer or winter.

Deutzia gracilis: Height to 1 m; white flowers in elongated plumes in late spring and early summer. Spear-shaped leaves, 3-7 cm long, covered in very fine hairs. Deutzia X hybrida: A group of hybrids growing to 1.5 m; flowering season early summer. The flowers are usually lilac coloured with a paler margin. ‘Contrast’ has arching branches; ‘Mont Rose’ has an erect growing habit. In ‘Perle Rose’ the flowers are somewhat smaller, but extremely profuse. Other hybrids are:

Deutzia X kalmiiflora: May reach a height of 2 m; the flowers are white inside, rose pink outside and appear in early summer in scanty clusters.

Deutzia X lemoinei: Height to 2 m; white flowers in late spring and early summer. ‘Avalanche’ has small, dark-green leaves and arching branches bearing innumerable clusters of white flowers; ‘Boule de Neige’ has a compact habit and when in flower resembles a snowball. Deutzia X magnifica: Maximum height 2 m; white flowers in early to mid summer. The twigs are brown and peel off in strips. ‘Erecta’ has crenate leaves and erect-growing plumes of single white flowers; ‘Magnifica’, the original type, has large plumes of double white flowers. Deutzia X rosea: Height to 1 m, compact; bell-shaped flowers, purple outside, white inside, in early to mid summer. ‘Campanulata’, ‘Carminea’ and ‘Rosea’ are well known garden strains.

Deutzia scabra: Height to 3 m; white or slightly pink flowers in early to mid summer. ‘Candidissima’ has double flowers; ‘Pride of Rochester’ is also double-flowered, the flowers being tinged with pink on the outside. .

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