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Deutzia gracilis

'Nikko'


Nikko Slender Deutzia




Origin:  Awarded a Gold Medal by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.
            Mike's Opinion

this is Mike

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The Nikko deutzia is a very appealing plant when in full flower, The large white racemes that literally engulf the plant are quite aesthetically pleasing. However the majority of the year the plant looks quite ratty and becomes unkempt over time so consistent renewal pruning is required to maintain a desirable form. All in all a nice plant when in bloom, nothing more.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Hydrangeaceae
Genus
Deutzia
Species
gracilis
Cultivar
'Nikko'
Category
Woody
Type
Shrub (deciduous)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
5-8
Canadian Hardiness Zone
4
RHS Hardiness Zone
H4
Temperature (°C)
-30
Temperature (°F)
-20
Height
0.6 m
Spread
1m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
May
General Description
Dwarf compact shrub, small leaved, simple, opposite, oblong-lanceolate leaf, medium fine texture in leaf, flowers are perfect, double flowering, white, borne in upright racemes 5-8 cm long, gray exfoliating bark, dehiscent, brown fruit.
Landscape
Informal rock gardens or as a mass planting or groundcover plant.
Cultivation
Deutzias are rooted from softwood cuttings, these can be collected at any point of the growing season, typically use 1000ppm KIBA dip, place in misting bed and root systems should be well developed in approximately 3-4 weeks, should be container grown.
Shape
Loosely rounded and somewhat unkempt.
Growth
Medium
ID Characteristic
Double flowering white racemes, blue green foliage, deep purple or burgundy in autumn.
Pests
The Nikko Deutzia is susceptible to leaf spot, aphids and leaf miners.
Habitat
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Young stems herbaceous, older stems becoming gray and exhibiting an exfoliating bark habit.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Brown, glossy, ovoid shaped, nearly sessile with several pairs of outer scales.
Leaf Description
Simple, unevenly serrate, lanceolate-obovate leaf shape, bluish-green in colour, purple or burgundy autumn colour.
Flower Description
Double flowering 5-8 cm racemes borne upright, perfect, weakly fragrant, pure white colour, flowers mid-late May, needs summer heat to bloom effectively.
Fruit Description
A dehiscent, brown capsule.
Colour Description
Blue green foliage throughout spring and summer, dark purplish or burgundy autumn foliage, bears white flowers.
Texture Description
Medium-fine in foliage, medium in winter.
Notable Specimens
The A.M (Mac) Cuddy Garden, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. The Gardens of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
Softwood cuttings.
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