Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 1.5-2.5' Width/Spread: 1.5-2.5'

We may have “ColorChoice” right there in our brand name, but few other plants out there are as raucously colorful as Double Play Candy Corn spirea. The show begins in early spring, when the new growth begins to emerge in a bright, candy apple red shade. As the tender leaves continue to expand, they take on a vivid orange tone before finally developing into a pineapple yellow. In late spring/early summer, purple flower clusters cover the plant. Double Play Candy Corn spirea naturally grows as a tidy mound, making it a very easy-care plant as well as extremely versatile in the landscape or garden. It’s pretty enough to plant among your perennials in a flower garden, and durable enough for foundation plantings.

Why grow Double Play Candy Corn spirea?

  • It’s one of the most outrageously colorful shrubs you’ll find
  • Deer resistant and easy to grow
  • The color changes and morphs through the season, so there’s never a dull moment


Soil: Any average, well-drained soil will do. Avoid very dry conditions, which can cause the foliage to turn brown at the edges.

Water: For best results, provide regular irrigation. The more sun the plant gets, the more water it will need, especially in warmer climates.

Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring.

Pruning: Thanks to its naturally neat and compact habit, Double Play Candy Corn spirea needs little if any pruning.

Botanical Name

Spiraea japonica 'NCSX1' PP#28,313; CBR#6176


4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Orange, Yellow






Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Spring, Summer


Borders, Foundations, Low Hedges, Mass Planting


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Foliage interest


Dr. Tom Ranney, North Carolina State University

Blooms on

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