University of Maryland Extension


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Deutzia gracilis

An absolutely carefree shrub, deutzia delights with graceful sprays of delicate white flowers in midspring. At the highly-sought-after height of 2-4 feet, deutzia quickly grows to a broad flowing mound that reaches down to the ground and won’t need mulching. Its slender leaves emerge a bright green and mature to a darker green.  Diseases and pests are virtually unknown.  Deutzia isn’t picky.  It takes full sun to part shade and a wide range of soils and pH. No pruning is necessary, though dead inner branches may be removed. Deutzia is good for a low border and can tip root.  Group the dwarf ‘Nikko’ for a two foot groundcover.    


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