Friday, August 10, 2012


This Anthony Waterer Spirea is growing next to our Herb Garden and across from the Perennial Border at the Arboretum.  It is a reliable summer bloomer that attracts butterflies.  Here are some details about this spirea from the NSCU Plant Fact Sheet:

Spirea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'
Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9
Habit: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Rapid
Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; tolerates range of soil types
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Width: 3 to 4 feet
Texture: Medium to fine
Form: Upright, broad, flat, compact shrub
Flower/Fruit: Small purplish red flowers on 4 to 6" flat cluster in summer
Foliage: Alternate, simple dark green leaves; 1.5" long; new growth is pink-tinged; reddish fall color