Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Deutzia gracilis Sieb. & Zucc.

Fully hardy, bushy, erect shrub with lance-shaped, tapered leaves and upright racemes of fragrant, star-shaped flowers, to 2cm across, in spring and summer.  To 1m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Europe c.1840.  ‘Among the numerous introductions of late years, few have found more admirers than this charming Deutzia, and possibly none of our early flowering plants are more especially deserving of notice: it may be had in bloom the whole of the spring months [when] the appearance of a well flowered plant, covered with numerous clusters of showy white flowers, is sure to excite admiration; and the long duration of the blossoms render it especially adapted for the decoration of the conservatory, drawing room or, indeed, almost any situation in which sufficient light and warmth is maintained.’  [Gard. Chron. 1854].  FS f. 611/1851.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.381/1857].  Certainly grown by 1853 as plants were sent to the Sydney Botanic Garden in that year.  [RBGS AB].


Published Feb 20, 2009 - 04:55 PM | Last updated Feb 13, 2010 - 04:30 PM

Illustrated is a shoot with numerous white, star-shaped flowers.  Flore des Serres f. 611, 1851.

Deutzia gracilis Sieb. & Zucc. | FS f. 611/1851 | CSIRO Black Mountain Library, Canberra

Family Hydrangeaceae
Region of origin


Common Name

Japanese snowflower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Deutzia gracilis

Confidence level high