Deutzia scabra
Common name: 
Fuzzy Deutzia
DUT-si-a SKA-bra
Deutzia crenata
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 6-10 x 4-6 ft (1.8-3 x 1.2-1.8 m), upright, taller than wide, arching branches, cinnamon bark on stems.  Leaves opposite, simple, 2.5-10 cm long, 1.5-3 cm wide, ovate-oblong, serrated margins, both sides slightly rough (scabra: rough), dull green.  Blooms in upright, narrow panciles, 6-12 cm long, each flower 1.5-2 cm, star shaped, single, white, sometimes tinged with rosy-purple on outside of corolla; very prolific.  Fruit a brown, dry seed capsule.
  • Sun, grows well in any garden soil. Prune after flowering to control size and shape.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      The species is native to Japan and China, introduced 1822.  Note: This non-native species has the potential to be invasive due to its self-seeding nature. It may spread and crowd out our native species.  It has escaped from cultivation in the eastern United States and in some states is listed as an invasive species.
  • Several cultivars are available, including:
    • 'Flore-pleno' - flowers double, white, tinged with rosy-purple on outside of the petals
    • 'Godsall Pink' - flowers are small, pink and white and fully double
  • Deutzia: after John van de Deutz (1743-1788), friend and patron of C. P. Thunberg who described the genus.
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  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

  • leaves and flowers

    leaves and flowers