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Deutzia

Saxifragaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

These shrubs are best used among evergreens, where they can make a show when in flower, then blend back in with other greenery later on. Bloom season coincides with that of late-spring bulbs such as tulips and Dutch iris. Prune shrubs after bloom. With low- or medium-growing kinds, cut some of the oldest stems to the ground every other year. Prune tall-growing kinds severely by cutting back wood that has flowered. Cut to outward-facing side branches.

Deutzia gracilis (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Deutzia gracilis (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Deutzia gracilis

Native to Japan. Grows to 2–4 ft. (possibly 6 ft.) tall, 3–4 ft.wide. Many slender stems arch gracefully, carry bright green, 2 1/2-in., sharply toothed leaves and clusters of snowy white flowers.

Deutzia hybrid Yuki Cherry Blossom (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Deutzia hybrid Yuki Cherry Blossom (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Deutzia hybrids

These include ‘Pink-a-Boo’, an erect grower to 6–8 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide, with large clusters of pink flowers; and ‘Magicien’, similar but with dark red flowers.

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