How to Grow Deutzia Crenata Nikko - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Deutzia crenata nikko is a beautiful plant that is native to Japan. It has stunning white flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. The flowers are very fragrant and attract bees and butterflies. The plant is very easy to care for and is an excellent choice for beginners.

How to Grow Deutzia Crenata Nikko - Plant Care & Tips

Popular name

  • Bush honeysuckle
  • Deutzia scabra
  • Deutzia gracilis
  • Deutzia crenata 'Nikko'
  • Deutzia crenata 'Veitchii'

Common Knowledge

  • Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' is a shrub that is part of the Deutzia genus.
  • It is a native plant to Japan.
  • The 'Nikko' cultivar was named after the Nikko region of Japan where it is from.
  • Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' is a deciduous shrub.
  • It has a mounded growth habit and can reach up to 3 feet (0.9 meters) in height.
  • The leaves are oval shaped and have a toothed margin. They are dark green in color.
  • The flowers are white and trumpet shaped. They bloom in the spring.
  • Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' is tolerant of a range of soil types and conditions.
  • It is a low maintenance shrub that does not require pruning.
  • Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' is generally pest and disease free.

Planting Process

  1. For deutzia crenata nikko, first step is to get a plant from a nursery or garden center.
  2. Once you have your plant, find a location that gets full sun to partial shade and has well-drained soil.
  3. Dig a hole that is twice the width and depth of the plant’s root ball.
  4. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil.
  5. Water the plant deeply immediately after planting.
  6. Deutzia crenata nikko need to be fertilized regularly during the growing season. An all-purpose fertilizer works well.
  7. These plants need to be pruned after they bloom to keep them looking their best.
  8. Deutzia crenata nikko are generally disease and pest free but can be susceptible to powdery mildew if they do not have enough air circulation.
  9. These plants are deer resistant.
  10. Deutzia crenata nikko are generally easy to grow and make a great addition to any landscape.

Related plant:
Deutzia Hybrida

Considering the Soil

About soil condition, Deutzia crenata Nikko prefers well-drained soils with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5, in full sun to part shade. It will tolerate a wide range of soils, including clay, but it performs best in a moist, humus-rich soil.

About light

Similar to other plants, Deutzia crenata Nikko requires a good amount of sunlight to grow properly. If you live in an area with a lot of sunlight, then you shouldn't have any problems growing this plant. However, if you live in an area with less sunlight, you may need to provide this plant with some extra light.

The Temperature

The temperature conditions required for Deutzia crenata Nikko to thrive are relatively cool and moist. The plant does not tolerate heat or drought well. It prefers partial sun to full shade and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, as long as the soil is well-drained. The ideal temperature range for this plant is 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ideal Humidity

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is 40-60%. The plant will suffer if the humidity drops below 30% or rises above 70%. If the plant is kept too dry, the leaves will begin to drop off. If the plant is kept too wet, the leaves will begin to yellow and drop off.


About fertilizer, this family of plant is not very demanding. You can use any type of fertilizer, but it is best to use a slow-release fertilizer. The roots of Deutzia crenata nikko are very sensitive to waterlogging, so make sure the soil is well-drained.

About light

Pruning Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' immediately after flowering is recommended to keep the plant compact and to encourage prolific blooming the following season. To prune, simply cut back the leggy stems to a few inches above the ground.

About Propagating

Propagation of Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' is best done by softwood cuttings taken in the spring or summer. Cuttings should be taken from new growth and should be 4-6 inches long. Place the cuttings in a propagating tray or pot filled with a moistened, well-drained rooting mix. Cover the tray or pot with a clear plastic bag to create a humid environment for the cuttings. Place the tray or pot in a bright location out of direct sunlight. Keep the rooting mix moist but not soggy. Rooting should occur in 4-6 weeks. Once roots have developed, pot the cuttings up into individual pots and grow on under bright, indirect light. Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' can also be propagated by seed, although it can be difficult to get the seeds to germinate.

Growth Rate

Usually, the plant growth rate in the range of 50 to 60 centimeters per year. Outliers have been recorded at up to 120 centimeters per year. The vast majority of growth rates are somewhere in between these two extremes. Based on these findings, it is safe to say that the average deutzia crenata nikko grows at a rate of approximately one meter per year.

The Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are powdery mildew, leaf spot, and stem canker. These problems are most likely to occur during wet weather conditions. To prevent these problems, it is important to water the plant at the base and to avoid wetting the leaves. It is also important to provide good air circulation around the plant.

Tips on Growing

  • Make sure to plant deutzia crenata nikko in an area with full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Deutzia crenata nikko grows best when it is fertilized regularly.
  • Prune deutzia crenata nikko regularly to encourage new growth.
  • Deutzia crenata nikko is a drought-tolerant plant, so be sure to water it only when the soil is dry.
  • If you live in an area with cold winters, be sure to protect deutzia crenata nikko from the frost by covering it with a burlap cloth or mulch.
  • Deutzia crenata nikko is a fast-growing plant, so keep an eye on it and prune it as needed to prevent it from becoming overgrown.
  • Deutzia crenata nikko is a relatively pest

Similar Plants

  • Deutzia crenata 'Nikko' (Snowflake Deutzia)
  • Deutzia crenata 'Variegata' (Variegated Deutzia)
  • Deutzia scabra (Japanese Deutzia)
  • Deutzia x crenata 'Pride of Rochester' (Deutzia)
  • Deutzia x crenata 'Nikko' (Nikko Deutzia)
  • Deutzia crenata 'Nakai' (Deutzia)
  • Deutzia crenata 'Plena' (Double Deutzia)
  • Deutzia crenata 'Yuki Cherry Blossom' (Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzia)
  • Deutzia crenata 'Yuki Snowflake' (Yuki Snowflake Deutzia)
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