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 scabra Thunb.

Fully hardy, upright shrub with arching shoots, peeling, pale brown bark when mature, broadly ovate leaves, and dense, upright, cylindrical panicles of star-shaped, honey-scented, white or pink-tinged flowers in summer.  To 3m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1833 through the Horticultural Society.  [JD].  ‘A Japan Shrub; native of the mountains of that island, and introduced, through the Horticultural Society, by John Reeve, Esq.  Its habit is that of Philadelphus; its foliage and its flowers similar, and so hardy, that it bears the climate of the West of Scotland, unharmed.  Thunberg tells us, that the leaves are used for polishing hard substances, and Kaempfer, that the wood is employed in cabinet-work.’  [BM t.3838/1840].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.382/1843].


Deutzia scabra Sieb. & Zucc. (1835) = Deutzia sieboldiana Maxim, another Japanese species.

Published Feb 20, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Last updated Feb 13, 2010 - 04:29 PM

Shown are the broadly ovate leaves and panicles of star shaped white flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.3838, 1840.

Deutzia scabra Thunb. | BM t.3838/1840 | BHL

Family Hydrangeaceae
Region of origin


  • Deutzia crenata Sieb. & Zucc.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Deutzia scabra 

Confidence level high