I purchased Double Play Doozie in May of 2019. I've been gardening for 44+ years, attended Master Gardening classes, worked in a nursery...and fully understand sometimes plants "just don't read the label" and do what they want to do. But I bought Double Play Doozie not only because of how great the pictures looked but because of the size...24" x 36". The perfect size! My shrub was gorgeous this spring/summer but has spread to a width of 6+ feet and a height of at least 4 feet. Not good. I gave it a major trim back this afternoon...but the root spread is phenomenal. I will be doing battle with the shrub every year so sadly I am ready to yank it out. I was about to write an unfavorable review on your website, but thought I might give you folks an opportunity to respond first. I live in zone 7, just south of Asheville, NC. and have given Doozy a handful of Osmocote in the spring time and that's it. Did I just get a rogue plant or what?
Double Play Doozie® Spirea Spiraea x
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This spirea is better than great - it's a doozie!
Spirea is an old landscape staple, so what could one do that could possible earn it superlatives? Well, seedless and non-invasive would be a start; non-stop blooming would be even better. And these are exactly what makes Double Play Doozie spirea the most beautiful, innovative, ground-breaking spirea to ever grace a landscape. Like all of the Double Play® spirea series, the show begins in early spring, when the foliage emerges in blazing brilliant color - in this case, deep red. By late spring, the flowers begin to emerge, a bright, glowing purple-red that truly sings in the landscape. And as summer comes on, the show doesn't stop: it just keeps flowering, and flowering, and flowering. Because it produces no seeds, it puts all of its energy into flowering! It does it all with the same good looks, drought tolerance, and deer resistance that you expect from spirea, too.
Top reasons to grow Double Play Doozie® spirea:
- Non-invasive! Sets no seed so won't spread into the wild.
- Blooms non-stop - all the energy it would spend developing seed goes into blooming instead.
- Deer resistant and very hardy.Best SellerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerDeadheading Not NecessaryResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:Red-PurpleFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Summer through FallBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Spirea is a landscaping classic, thanks to its neat, mounded habit. It makes a nice edging, accent plant, or perennial garden companion. In the landscape, plant in multiples of 3 for an eye-catching display.Maintenance Notes:
Double Play Doozie is as low maintenance as other spirea. You can give it a light trim after its first bloom in late spring if you'd like to see a reflush of the bright red new growth. Remove the oldest, woodiest stems every couple of years or so to keep growth fresh and vigorous.Double Play Doozie® Spiraea x 'NCSX2' USPP 30,953, Can PBRAF
5443212Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Diane Hamilton, North Carolina, United States, 5 weeks ago
I love this shrub! First of all, it is as described with bright red new growth (not just in Spring but as it has continued to grow) as well as showy, dark purple/red buds that burst into a brilliant, almost-red blossom that slowly fades through various stages of pink that take a long time to turn brown. I have 3 that arrived last Oct as teeny-tiny shrubs in quart pots. They leafed out in March, started blooming in early May (zone 8b) and continued non-stop with many new buds continuing to develop and have quadrupled in size. We have had unusual weather each season from the time they were planted which unexpectedly brought on powdery mildew. One was affected quite severely very quickly but responded very well to just 3 treatment applications and bounced back beautifully! Very tough plants, with lots of curb appeal and live up to the name 'Doozie'!Christine Frye, Washington, United States, 10 weeks ago
We planted 4 of these to replace some mini fountain grass that had died off from the winter freeze in Texas. We just love them, they have grown and have bloomed continuously. Very Happy With.Allen, Texas, United States, 16 weeks ago
I have no complaints about this plant. First 2 years it was in a container and last fall I put it in the ground. This spring it is lovely. Very early spring bloomer and as described. No problem with very hot weather and humidity in the container last year but I did keep it well watered.Jody, Virginia, United States, 16 weeks ago
I thought I would love this plant. I love the ads for it. The actual plant finally got thrown out for being an eyesore. The initial flush of red foliage would be nice, except it was planted in a pink and blue area due to bloom color, and the true red didn't go. While the foliage is transitioning from red to green, it turns shades of chartreuse with orange. Again, expecting none of those colors, I planted it where it clashed. I considered moving it to a spot where those foliage colors would go well, but then the bloom color would clash. All of those things make it a disappointment and difficult to fit in, but that is not what makes it a bad plant. It was constantly plagued by black spot and mildew. My roses have healthier foliage. If I'm planting a spirea, it's because I want something resilient and unfussy. That is not what I got. Good riddance to it!Rebecca, Washington, United States, 16 weeks ago
I planted three of these spirea late spring, last year. They settled in, grew a bit, but no blooms. This spring they really came to life. Each shrub is easily 3-4x's the size it was last spring; the foliage was beautiful early through mid-spring; the blooms started in mid-May and it's just been stunning. They are sited in a part sun spot under a deciduous tree, in a front garden bed, and the deer leave it alone. Proven Winners' overview about Doozie is accurate. It is already reblooming; it is more upright than other spirea, and the bloom/foliage colors are true to the overview descriptions and, the pics on their site.Marcia, Missouri, United States, 2 years ago