Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'
Dwarf Deutzia
 
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Family: Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)
Native Habitat: Japan
   


Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko' is an outstanding low-growing flowering shrub introduced to American gardeners by the U.S. National Arboretum. Its compact growth habit, profuse flowering, and excellent fall color put it at the top of the list of choice garden shrubs. Growing to only 2 ft. tall and slowly spreading, it's a great choice for small areas or as use as ground cover. The panicles of small, pure-white flowers cover the plant in late April and early May and are effective for about two weeks. The fine textured, light-green, clean foliage is attractive all summer and changes to a wonderful deep burgundy in fall.

It's highly effective in containers or cascading over a low wall. 'Nikko' was selected for its horticultural merit from Watanabe Nursery, Gotemba City, Japan in 1976 by former USNA director John L. Creech and Chief Horticulturist Sylvester G. March.

Ornamental Characteristics: Deciduous, low-growing, deciduous shrub. Fine textured, light-green foliage. Numerous panicles of white flowers in late April and early May, effective for several weeks. Excellent fall color.
Habit & Growth Rate: Medium growth rate to 2 ft. tall and spreading to 5 ft. in approximately 10 years.
Landscape Uses: Rock garden. Mixed border. Shrub border. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 8
Culture: Full sun to light shade. Flowers heaviest in full sun. Average garden soils.
Awards: Gold Medal Plant Award, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society