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Anthony Waterer Spirea

Anthony Waterer Spirea is a mixture between common Japanese spirea and Japanese white spirea. At times this deciduous plant will send out branches that may be oddly colored or variegated. These branches are called sports. This cultivar may look vastly different from one plant to another.

Rose pink clusters of flowers in flat umbels appear in early summer. Anthony Waterer Spirea is known to attract butterflies to the garden. This species was introduced to England in 1865. It is adaptable to many soil types as long as it gets sufficient light.

It grows fast, so you can prune it back every year to maintain a small size if you wish since it blooms on new growth.

Companion Plant Ideas

anthony waterer spirea Photo by sharon_k
Anthony Waterer Spirea works well in a mixed border planting or along a foundation. The flowers are attractive in cut arrangements.

To really show it off, plant it with butterfly bush, mock orange or viburnum. Other choices for companion planting may include barberry or snowberry. They look lovely planted with evergreens.

This shrub is perfect for the cottage or woodland garden. This is a terrific choice if you are looking for blooms that fill in that awkward stage in the garden between late spring and early summer.

They don't get too big, so it is easy to maintain in a small yard or in a pot. Planting And Care Tips

Anthony Waterer Spirea is easy to care for. Plant in a sunny or partially shady site in well drained soil. If your plant doesn't get at least 4 to 5 hours of sun per day it will bloom poorly. Choose a place with plenty of room for your spirea to grow. Water regularly the first season. Water well before freezing weather sets in. Mulch around the base.

Once established, it is drought tolerant. Pruning should take place in early spring to promote branching or to manage the shape. Blooms that are spent should be deadheaded.

The plant may be shorn lightly to promote more flowering. Be sure to remove any branches that are damaged or cross others. This plant may be susceptible to scale, aphids, powdery mildew and fireblight.

Spirea Information

  • Scientific Name: Spirea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Rapid

  • Foilage: Blue green; new growth is pink tinged

  • Fall Color: Reddish

  • Bloom: Rose pink flat flower clusters in early summer

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 2 to 3 feet apart

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