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THE GARDEN MAGAZINE - May 1917 page 228

The Garden Magazine May 1917 page 228 - Deutzias

May 1917
Front Cover / Inside Front
Inside Back / Back Cover


211 Spring Time is Lilac Time AD
More Crops from Your Garden ADs
215 Manure, Catalog ADs
216 Nursery, Bulb ADs
217 Irrigation, Greenhouse ADs
218 Nurseries, Portable Houses ADs
219 Table of Contents
220 The President to the People (Wilson's plea for gardens)
221 Among our Garden Neighbors
222 Papaya, Opal Anchusa, Cotton, Japanese Knotweed
223 Gordonia, Building a Better Home, Letters
224 The Month's Reminder
225 Summer Flower-Roots for Present Planting - Gladiolus
New Deutzias Better than Old
230 The Rockery Idea in Edgings
231 Home Vegetable Gardens A Patriotic Duty
How the Modern Lilac Came to Be
234 Victor Lemoine, Plant Hybridist
The Evolution of My Garden
237 The New Race of Hardy Astilbes
Prepare in May for Winter Flowers
Novelties in Summer Flower-roots and Bulbs
243 Flower Ads
244 The Fruit Garden -
Crown Grafting
245 Nursery ADs
How to Pot A Plant
247 Gladiolus, Evergreens, Trellis ADs
249 Lawn Mower, Nurseries ADs
250 Insurance by Protection
251 Flower ADs
252 Watermelon Stem End Rot
253 Lawn Mower, Flowers ADs
254 The Indigoferas for Late Flower
255 Shrubs, Rudyard Kipling, Humas ADs
Coming Events Club & Society News
257 Book ADs
259 Greenhouse, Birdhouse, Portable Houses, Flag Poles ADs
261 Pottery, Greenhouse, Stoves, Wire Cloth ADs
262 Companions for Larkspurs
263 War Air Generator, Listerine, Stanley, Birdhouses ADs
264 Chicken Chowder, Fence, Portable Poultry Runways, Oregon & California Railroad Co. Land Grants for Sale (2,300,000 acres)ADs


New Deutzias Better Than the Old   JOHN DUNBAR - Rochester, New York

[EDITOR'S NOTE :The American Spring garden will always welcome new flowering shrubs of real merit. A novelty though always of interest is not necessarily better than the older things, and so may never become popular. With new shrubs time is required to prove their relative merits and. exact work of the kind that Mr. Dunbar here records is valuable. THE GARDEN MAGAZINE feels gratified in being able to place before the garden  lovers of America these important notes and recommendations by a man abundantly qualified to speak with authority and from actual experience.]

AMONG the most popular early flowering shrubs the Deutzias have long been leaders, ranking as garden shrubs with such common favorites as the Lilacs and Spiraeas. It is, however, true that they cannot be classed among the hardiest of shrubs, but where they get winter protection, and even in the colder regions where the winter slow mantle is sufficient, they never fail to give a wealth of bloom in early summer.
    Where the temperature is likely to drop considerably below zero, and to remain there for some time, Deutzias will hardly succeed, unless very well protected. It is important to plant them on a well drained light loam, on land gently sloping if at all possible, where the frost will not settle. It would be a mistake, where the winters are cold, to plant them in the centre of a well protected hollow, where the frosty air is sure to lodge. It is wiser to plant on the slopes leading to the hollow, giving opportunity for the cold air to settle lower down. We have a large collection of species and hybrids in the public parks of Rochester, and they flower splendidly. Occasionally the temperature drops a little below zero, but it never continues for any length of time.
  Deutzias always flower best on the young wood of the previous year. The thinning out of old wood, and old flowering sprays when the plants are dormant should always be attended to.
  Recent improvements owing to the introduction of new species and hybrids from them, have made available for our gardens Deutzias that in quality of flower and in size of the individual bloom outclass anything that was known among the old timers. It is now a good many years ago since the Lemoines of Nancy, France, began the work of improvement of Deutzias by crossing the different species and carrying the work still further by re-crossing the hybrids again with species. In the resulting progeny of all this work there are many most lovely garden shrubs in which floral profusion, size of blossom, and rich coloring, have been greatly developed. More recently we have been given, through the travels of E. H. Wilson in China, several interesting species of intrinsic beauty, natives of Western China. These, as is the case with other of Wilson's plants, are introduced through the Arnold Arboretum. I purpose to call attention to what I consider the best of the newer species and hybrids with notations as to their flowering period.

D. myriantha Fleur de Pommier or Apple Blossom Deutzia photo

D. myriantha Fleur de Pommier, or Apple Blossom. Flowers rosy pink about May 30.

D. glomeruliflora Deutzia photo

D. glomeruliflora "is one of th many good things introduced by E.H.Wilson." Greyish-white leaves; flowers white nearly an inch across. June 1

D. discolor Deutzia photo

D. discolor, flowers white fully 1 inch across. June 25


Deutzia discolor producing dense compound corymbose clusters of white flowers, along the branches, from 3/4-7/8 inch across. It is a strong grower, and very handsome in bloom. In normal seasons it flowers about June 25th. From 3 to 4 feet high. Though this has been in cultivation for some time it is only recently we were able to secure plants through the Arnold Arboretum.
  Deutzia glomeruliflora has flowered with us for two seasons, and is one of the many good things introduced by E. H. Wilson from Western China. It has distinctive grayish white leaves which are very soft pubescent. The beautiful white flower corymbs are produced abundantly along the branches, which are slightly curved toward the terminals. The flowers are 7/8 of one inch across, and are fully opened about June 1st. It forms a neat shrub 2 feet high at present, what height it  will ultimately attain I do not know.

Deutzia longifolia is another introduced by: Mr. Wilson. It has a distinctly upright branching habit, and somewhat long, laceolate leaves. The corymbose flower clusters are produced on the ends of branchlets, 3 to 5 inches long, and are exceedingly variable in color, shading from pinkish red to purplish red. It blossoms about June 21st. Mr. Wilson when visiting here on January 7th, was much surprised and pleased to see by the old flowering branches, how well this flowers with us.
  Deutzia Sieboldiana is not a new species but is rare in cultivation. It is the lowest growing of all the Deutzias, and has a very neat compact habit. It has smallish white flower panicles, which are not conspicuous but it is a very graceful shrub. It flowers about June 19th.
  Deutzia Vilmorinae, certainly strikes a most distinct note amongst the Deutzias, and it is a gem amongst all of the Deutzia species, and hybrids. It will ultimately attain a height of from 4 to 5 feet. The handsome white loose, corymbose flower clusters are produced at the ends of branchlets, 4-1/2 to 6-1/2 inches long. The blossoms are seven-eights of an inch across. Usually flowers about June 1-5.
  Deutzia Wilsoni flowered with us for the first time in 1916. The white flower corymbs are very compact, and are produced on the ends of branchlets 2-1/2 to 3 inches long. The leaves are pubescent above and grayish tomentose beneath. It blossoms about June 19th. Our plants are small but it is said to attain a height of 6 feet.

D. Vilmorinae Deutzia photo

D. Vilmorinae strikes a distinct note, and is a gem. 4-5 ft. high. Flowers white. June 10



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