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Anthony Waterer Spiraea Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'

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Description

Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer', is a popular cultivar of Spiraea japonica. Spiraea japonica is a dense, upright, mounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 6 feet tall with a slightly larger spread. The cultivar, ‘Anthony Waterer', is a more compact version that grows to 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Like japonica, 'Anthony Waterer" leaves grow to 3 inches long and are oval and sharply-toothed. New foliage emerges with reddish purple tinting in spring, matures to blue-green by summer and finally turns reddish in fall. However, unlike japonica's pink flowers, 'Anthony Waterer" has carmine red flowers in flattened corymbs (to 6 inches wide) in a showy bloom from late spring to mid-summer. The flowers attract butterflies and, to maximize bloom, you should site the plant in full sun. You can also extend the bloom by removing spent blossoms. Also, unlike japonica, 'Anthony Waterer' has a more compact form and requires little pruning to maintain a neat size, making it ideal in the foreground of shrub borders.

The 'Anthony Waterer' cultivar grows easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. It tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers rich, moist loams. The plant flowers on new wood, so prune in late winter to early spring if needed. Like most spiraea, it can be aggressive through seeding and suckers and is known to have escaped gardens and naturalized in many areas of the eastern U.S.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:

This plant may be damaged by deer. No known serious insect or disease problems. Spiraeas are generally susceptible to many of the diseases and insects that attack other rose family members, including leaf spot, fire blight, root rot, aphids, leaf roller and scale.

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Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#shrub#cpp#flowering shrub#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#shrub#cpp#flowering shrub#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Spiraea
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan and China
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Tolerates drought and poor soil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Broad
    Dense
    Erect
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Small carmine red flowers on 4 to 6 inch flat clusters (corymbs) cover the foliage from May to August with sparse and intermittent repeat bloom sometimes occurring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Doubly Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green leaves, 3 inches long. New growth is pink-tinged. Reddish fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Erosion