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Slender Deutzia
Deutzia gracilis 'Duncan'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Deutzia (DOOT-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: gracilis (GRASS-il-is) (Info)
Cultivar: Duncan
Additional cultivar information:(PP16098; aka Chardonnay Pearls)
Hybridized by Wood
Registered or introduced: 2004

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lula, Georgia

Thomasville, Georgia

Elgin, Illinois

Grayslake, Illinois

Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Spring Grove, Illinois

Davenport, Iowa

Dracut, Massachusetts

Ludington, Michigan

Moberly, Missouri

Fairport, New York

Scottsville, New York

Statesville, North Carolina

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 1, 2013, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

The density of flowering on this plant becomes much greater after a couple of years. Easy care, just prune any dead wood after blooming. Added compost gives the most spectacular bloom.

Positive

On Mar 31, 2009, ShrubSource from Zeeland, MI wrote:

Deutzia - Chardonnay Pearls Deutzia

Very cool! Add color and vibrancy. Chardonnay Pearls is a totally new look for an old garden favorite. Its attractive, crisp, lime-yellow, sunny burn resistant foliage provides season long garden color. In the spring numerous pearl-like buds explode into a shower of fragrant pure white star-shaped flowers. This strong growing compact shrub fits easily into the perennial garden or at the front of the shrub border. Nice contrast plant, use it with plants that have dark green or purple foliage.

Positive

On Jun 20, 2006, lottathyme from Scottsville, NY wrote:

Planted two in full sun and they have the very chartreuse leaf color that initially drew my attention. They do not seem to scorch in the sun. Planted two others in part shade and they did not color up in the same way; have since moved them to the full sun too. They grow well and seem to have few problems. There were only a few blossoms this year, probably because of the late start they got. I would rate very easy to grow and well worth it just for the foliage.