Deutzia gracilis

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Deutzia gracilis Siebold & Zucc.

Hydrangeaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: septicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Cornidae
Superordo:
Cornanae
Ordo:
Hydrangeales

Deutzia gracilis, commonly known as Japanese Snow Flower, Slender Deutsia, is a shrub.

Naming

Deutzia gracilis was described by Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini in 1835. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Deutzia gracilis is a species in the genus Deutzia which contains approximately 83 to 106 species and belongs to the family of the Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family).

Characteristics

Deutzia gracilis - flowers

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 80 to 100 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 0.8 to 1 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Deutzia gracilis is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are lanceolate, dentate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Deutzia gracilis produces racemes of white five-stellate flowers from May to June. The plants flower on last years shoots.

The shrubs produce septicidal capsules.

Root System

The plants form shallow roots.

Distribution

Deutzia gracilis is native to Japan.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or sandy clay soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

The ornamental value of Deutzia gracilis lies especially in its fragrance. Suited for rooftop gardens, free-growing low hedges and for low cut hedges, as well as suited as cemetery plant and as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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