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Double Play® Red Spirea Spiraea japonica

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
Mature Size
3' 3'
Height
2' - 3'
Spread
2' - 3'
  • Details

    Features

    Double Play spireas have vibrant flowers and stunning foliage.

    Double Play Red is a flower color breakthrough, with nearly-red flowers. Add in showy dark burgundy spring foliage and you've got the perfect double play! 

    Top reasons to grow Double Play Red spirea:

    • The closest to red of any spirea
    • Very showy burgundy-purple new growth
    • Naturally grows as a dense, rounded mound
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    24 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Flower Shade: 
    Deep, crimson pink-red blooms
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Red
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark burgundy spring foliage
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Mixed borders, mass plantings, foundation plantings

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Adaptable to most moist, well-drained soils. Any heavy pruning should be done in late winter/early spring and light pruning can occur after flowering. Fertilize in spring.

    Double Play® Red Spiraea japonica 'SMNSJMFR' USPP 26,993, Can 5,633
  • 2 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • This is the third year Double Play Red Spirea has been growing in my yard. Like all Proven Winners plant selections, Double Play Red Spirea is a strong growing, attractive plant. New spring foliage is a rich burgundy, becoming green as the year progresses. The plant has large clusters of deep pink, almost red flowers that are on display for weeks. Lightly cutting can produce a smaller continuing bloom. With all of these attractive qualities, it is very disappointing to see how prone to mildew these plants are. Mildew appears after weeks of cold, rainy weather and shows up in warm, dry periods later in summer. I have seen older Spirea varieties growing with minimal care around parking lots and commercial plantings with no evidence of unsightly mildew. I avoid planting fussy things that need spraying and I would not have chosen this Spirea had I known of this continual problem.

      J.A. Nichol
      , Washington
      , United States
      , 30 weeks ago
    • My local nursery carried this spirea variety for the first time last spring (2018). I bought 2 of these, and planted them in an area that gets full afternoon sun. They are a low height, spreading shrub which worked well in the front of my shrub bed, planted in front of 3 foot abelias and loropetalums. The foliage on these spirea plants is very attractive, with burgundy tipped leaves. The plants bloomed continuously through the summer, with what I would describe as magenta colored blooms. They died back to the ground over the winter, but emerged rapidly in the spring with beautiful foliage. I am really enjoying these plants.

      Texas Gardening Lover
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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