Dazzle in May
are among those plants that are passed down from one generation
to another, and you often will see them growing in older landscapes
or near an abandoned farmhouse. They go unnoticed most of the
year, but for a few weeks in May Deutzia dazzles as a striking
plant covered in showy white or pinkish flowers borne on upright
Deutzias are available in many species and hybrids, ranging from
small compact forms such as slender deutzia, D. gracilis,
to showy deutzia, Deutzia x magnifica, that may reach a
mature height of 8 to 10 feet. They are a tough group of plants
and bothered by few pests. The larger varieties can become leggy
with time, however, so an occasional, heavy cutting-back might
be necessary to keep them full and in bounds. Deutzias are related
to hydrangeas and grow and flower best in full sun, but will tolerate
partial shade. They thrive in most soil types.
Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko' is a compact plant that normally
reaches a height and spread of around 3 feet. It has a slender,
graceful, arching growth habit and works well as a natural hedge
or border to a property. Deutzia scabra 'Godsall Pink'
can easily reach 6 to 8 feet high and has showy double pink blossoms
that can stand up to early hot spells.
Deutzia x kalmiifolia features light green foliage that
turns dark purple in the fall and reaches 4 to 5 feet in height.
Hybrids of D. longifolia and D. discolor produce
flowers in various shade of pink or white. Cultivars include 'Mont
Rose', 'Magician', 'Contraste', 'Perle Rose' and 'Pink Pompon'.
Showy Deutzia bears beautiful white, double blossoms in dense
1 1/2- to 3-inch-long panicles. Look for cultivars 'Eburnea',
'Latiflora' and 'Longipetala'.
You'll find more than 15 different deutzias at the JC Raulston
Arboretum. They are scattered through out the grounds so wear
your walking shoes and bring your camera, pencil and pad to take
notes on your favorites. Visit www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum
to learn more.
All Photos by Todd Lasseigne
scabra "Godsall Pink'