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These medium-sized deciduous shrubs are noted for their free-flowering habit. They are hardy, but late frost can damage new growth.
Popular species and varieties
Deutzia x hybrida is a group that includes some splendid varieties with rich colours. Among these are: ‘Mont Rose’ (AGM), with a free-flowering habit and graceful heads of warm-pink ;’Magicien’, a rich lilac, edged with white, and as a contrast, ‘Joconde’, with purplish buds and white blooms. These hybrids are old stagers, raised in France many years ago and still widely available.
Early summer is when Deutzia x elegantissima ‘Rosealind’ (AGM) produces arching sprays of lovely rose-pink flowers. Deutzia scabra was brought over in the 19th century from the Far East. This has a number of varieties; ‘Pride of Rochester’ is among the best known, with double white flowers delicately tinged pink One certainly not to overlook is Deutzia setchuenensis var. corymbiflora (AGM) with masses of tiny white star-like flowers in summer
Soil type Most well-drained, humus-rich soils are suitable.
Planting This can be done in the autumn or spring. Choose a spot that is not north-facing, and which is protected from icy winds. Sun or light shade.
Maintenance Cut back old stems immediately after flowering has finished, to encourage new growth.
Pests and diseases Generally trouble-free.