Deutzia discolor Hemsl.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Deutzia discolor' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/deutzia/deutzia-discolor/). Accessed 2021-12-05.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
acute
Sharply pointed.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
stellate
Star-shaped.
variety
(var.) Taxonomic rank (varietas) grouping variants of a species with relatively minor differentiation in a few characters but occurring as recognisable populations. Often loosely used for rare minor variants more usefully ranked as forms.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Deutzia discolor' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/deutzia/deutzia-discolor/). Accessed 2021-12-05.

A shrub 5 or 6 ft high, young shoots scurfy, ultimately pale greyish brown, glabrous, and with peeling bark. Leaves of thinnish texture, narrowly ovate-oblong, 112 to 412 in. long, 12 to 112 in. wide, dull green, with starlike hairs above, grey beneath, and furnished with very minute, stellate scurf; rounded or broadly tapered at the base, slender-pointed or sometimes acute. Flowers in corymbs 3 in. across; each flower 12 to 1 in. wide, the best forms very showy, varying in colour from white to pink. Calyx and flower-stalks scurfy.

Native of Central and W. China. The best form of this species is ‘Major’, which has white or faintly rose-tinted flowers 1 in. across, produced in long arching sprays. It was introduced by Wilson for Messrs Veitch in 1901. The distinctions between this species and D. longifolia are pointed out under the latter.

Although many of Lemoine’s hybrids were sent out as varieties of D. discolor, this species, as understood here, had no part in their make-up, the parent or grandparent being in fact D. purpurascens, which Lemoine, following the French botanist Franchet, considered to be a variety of D. discolor. See D. × elegantissima and D. × rosea.