Monday, April 23, 2012

Deutzia scabra

Slender deutzia is a dense, rounded, deciduous shrub with slender, broadly spreading to arching stems. Typically grows 2-4' (less frequently to 5-6') tall and as wide. Tiny, fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers (to 3/4") appear in spring in numerous loose racemes (to 3" long) which cover the shrub for about two weeks. Opposite, ovate to lanceolate, deep green leaves (to 3" long). No fall color. ~from Missouri Botanical Garden website.

We bought this house in August of 2002, and this bush was just something green on one end of the house.  You can imagine how happy I was when it bloomed out the following spring.  It wasn't something I had seen before, so I took a branch to our local expert, Margie, and she identified it for me.  We severely pruned it after blooming last year, and just look!

It usually blooms the first two weeks of May, but with our warm spring this year, it is in full bloom now.  I love it, and so do the birds.  Some even nest in the branches.

We went on an extended trip one spring and I missed the blooming.  Since then, I have been more careful about planning springtime trips.  This is too good to miss!