Botanical Name: Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'
Common Name: Anthony Waterer Spirea  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Green, Blue Green, Red


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Connon Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

'Anthony Waterer' is a deciduous spirea with an upright, vase-shaped habit that grows about 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. New spring foliage is reddish purple, matures to a lush green, and turns yellow in the fall. Flat-topped clusters of rosy-pink flowers appear June thru August. Well suited to a shrub or foundation border, or as a hedge. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Grow in well drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerate of most any soil as long as it is well drained, though better growth occurs in soils with some organic material. Over-watering will result in floppy gowth, and powdery mildew. Pruning isn't necessary, but if a tidier plant is desired, prune to renovate in late winter to early spring (see guides). Also, deadheading may result in a longer bloom season (and the flowers are lovely in vases).