Deutzia gracilis Siebold & Zucc.
Deutzia gracilis, commonly known as Japanese Snow Flower, Slender Deutsia, is a shrub.
Deutzia gracilis was described by Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini in 1835. The name is considered as validly published.
The shrubs reach heights of 80 to 100 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 0.8 to 1 metres.
Wood and Bark
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.
The plants form shallow roots.
Deutzia gracilis is native to Japan.
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 -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
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.
Pests and Diseases
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- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.