DOUBLE PLAY® Red Spirea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

The spring foliage emerges dark burgundy red, then matures to dark green. The early summer flowers are raspberry red. This variety has a darker, deeper color palette than other spirea varieties, making it a useful addition to the garden designer’s low-maintenance plant palette.


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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 'SMNSJMFR' PP#26,993, CBR#5633

Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink, Red

Foliage Color

Green

Height

2-3'

Width/Spread

2-3'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Moist

Season of Interest

Spring, Summer

Uses

Borders, Cutting Gardens, Hedges

Features

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

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