Anthony Waterer Pink Spirea
(Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer')

Plant Description:

Baby’s Breath Spirea (Spiraea thunbergii) and Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spiraea prunifolia) have long been Southern garden favorites.  But if you’d like a Spirea that’s a little different, look for a dwarf pink spirea called ‘Anthony Waterer’.  This deciduous, dwarf shrub has showy clusters of rosy pink blooms that are eye-catching during summer, and foliage that turns reddish-maroon during fall.  It makes an attractive addition to a cottage garden, butterfly garden, or mixed border. 

Mature Size:     2-3 feet tall; 3-4 feet wide

Growth Rate:     Moderate

Plant Habit:     Upright

Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:     Green

Flower Color:     Pink

Bloom Time:     Summer

Attracts Wildlife:     Butterflies

Uses:  Landscape accent; mixed border;                                mass planting; butterfly garden; cut flower

Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):     5 – 9

Exposure:       Full Sun; Partial Shade

Soil Tolerances:         Prefers well-drained soils

Soil pH:            Slightly acidic to slightly alkaline

Maintenance:            Easy/Low

General Care & Growing Tips:

These plants may require regular watering during establishment.  Like most plants, they benefit from a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch to help retain soil moisture.  Apply a slow-release fertilizer in early spring as new growth begins.  Prune to shape after flowering; for a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.

Common Pests:

Leaf spots may appear during prolonged periods of wet weather but are not of major concern.

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