General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 3 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Japanese Spirea

Photo Gallery
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-06-12
flowers and narrow leaves
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-06-12
in bloom in a parking lot island
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-06-12
a shrub in bloom in a parking lot island
Location: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-09-20
full-grown shrub with secondary bloom in Sept
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 12, 2018 1:30 PM concerning plant:
    This "Froebel' cultivar came forth into the nursery industry in the 1980's. I was first told it was an improvement over 'Anthony Waterer' at the nursery where I worked in the west suburbs of Chicago, IL. I would say it isn't. It differs from AW in being a little more upright in habit when young, with longer, narrower, more pointed leaves that turn a fair yellow in the fall, ('AW' gets a good mostly orange or red fall color), and its pink flower clusters are a little smaller but with a deeper, darker pink. Similar cultivars sometimes get mixed up in the nursery trade. I saw 'Froebel' being sold as 'Anthony Waterer' in a certain garden center where I worked part time in southeast PA.

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