Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 1.5-2.5' Width/Spread: 1.5-2.5'

Perfectly walking the line between quirky and elegant, Double Play Dolly spirea has a whole new color story to enjoy. In its foliage you’ll find mature candy apple green leaves on the interior, chartreuse leaves near the outside, and orangey-red new growth perfectly peppering the top. It blooms from late spring until the last breaths of summer, adding complexity to this fabulous riot of color. Its flowers are bright purple and grow from reddish-green stems that match the color of the new growth nicely. You’ll love finding ways to use this new color combination in your gardens, the possibilities are endless. Beyond its obvious colorful appeal, its easy going nature has earned it a place in the front row. It naturally has a neat, compact habit, will draw in pollinators to observe for months on end, and doesn’t attract deer or wilt under drought.

Why grow Double Play Dolly® spirea?

  • Totally new color combination with foliage and flowers
  • Extremely long blooming
  • Low maintenance with no need to prune or worry about deer


Light: Will grow in locations where it can get at least four hours of direct sun exposure, but is happiest getting six hours or more. It gets its best foliage color and flower set with full sun. In warmer zones, it could benefit from placement in afternoon shade so it doesn’t burn up.

Soil: Adapts to most soil types, but needs it to be free draining. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated.

Water: After it’s established it is quite drought tolerant, only needing water when there are extended periods of time without precipitation.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning isn’t necessary for the plant’s health, but for appearances’ sake you can shape it in early spring. If desired, you can also give it a light trim after its first flush of flowers to promote colorful new growth.

Botanical Name

Spiraea japonica 'SMNSJSA' PP#35,032; CBRAF


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green, Yellow






Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Late Spring, Summer


Borders, Containers, Cottage gardens, Foundations, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Slope


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Compact, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Foliage interest, Long blooming

Blooms on

New wood


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