How to Grow Deutzia

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Deutzia is a deciduous shrub grown for its airy sprays of white or pink spring flowers. Deutzias have a delicate arching habit. Some develop showy exfoliating bark with age.

Deutzia flowers are borne on long stems studded with clusters of five-petalled, star-shaped, or cup-shaped flowers to about 1 inch (2.5cm) across.

Deutzia blooms in spring are followed by a summer of green foliage, yellow autumn leaves, and then bare wood. Adding Deutzia to a shrub border of evergreens will showcase the spring flowers.

Deutzia scabra
Deutzia scabra

Get to know Deutzia

  • Plant type: Deciduous shrub
  • Growing zones and range: Zones 4 to 8
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy deciduous shrub; flowers can be damaged by a late frost
  • Height and width: 3 to 8 feet tall and about as wide depending on the variety.
  • Foliage: Green to gray opposite leaves are fairly narrow to 4 inches (10cm) long
  • Flowers: Five-petalled, star-shaped or cupped flowers
  • Bloom time: Mid to late spring
  • Uses: Add to shrub borders for spring color; green after flowering
  • Common name: Deutzia
  • Botanical name: Deutzia
  • Family name: Saxifragaceae
  • Origin: Himalayas, China, Japan

Where to plant Deutzia

  • Plant Deutzia in full sun or light shade.
  • Grow Deutzia in average to moderately rich garden soil.
  • Avoid planting Deutzia where there is a constant breeze.
Deutzia lemoinei
Deutzia lemoinei

When to plant Deutzia

  • Plant bare-root shrubs in well-drained garden soil between autumn and early spring.
  • Plant container-grown Deutzia in spring or autumn.

Planting and spacing Deutzia

  • Space Deutzia 3 to 5 feet (.9-1.5m) apart depending on the variety.

How to water and feed Deutzia

  • Keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Fertilize Deutzia with an all-purpose organic fertilizer in spring.
Deutzia Strawberry Fields. Deutzia gracilis Rosea 'Strawberry Fields'
Deutzia Strawberry Fields. Deutzia gracilis Rosea ‘Strawberry Fields’

Deutzia care

  • Give Deutzia a hard pruning to within 6 inches of the ground every two to three years.
  • Prune Deutzia in mid-summer after flowering is finished.

Deutzia pests and diseases

  • Deutzia is usually problem free; it can be attacked by snails which eat new shoots.

Deutzia propagation

  • Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
  • Propagate Deutzia by hardwood cuttings. Take hardwood cutting in autumn.
 Deutzia scabra var. sieboldiana
Deutzia scabra var. sieboldiana

Deutzia varieties to grow

  • Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’: Grows to 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide; bears starry white flowers.
  • D. elegantissima: Grows to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide; bears deep rose flowers.
  • D. gracilis: Bush shrub grows 3 to 5 feet tall in graceful mound; upright panicles or racemes of white flowers are slightly fragrant.
  • D. x lemoinei, lemoine deutizia: Dense shrub grows to 6 feet tall and wide; cold-weather hardy; pure white flowers; yellow foliage in fall.
  • D. x magnifica, showy deutzia: Upright grows to 6 feet tall; bears dense panicle of double flowers.
  • D. scabra, fuzzy deutzia: Grows to 8 feet tall with expoliating bark.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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