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Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea

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Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea (Spiraea media ‘SMSMBK’)This variety features steel blue-green foliage that turns red in fall; elegant clusters of white blooms cover this shrub in spring; fantastic as a garden focal point, or low hedge

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Spiraea
Species:
media
Cultivar:
SMSMBK
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Fall Color:
red
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea is smothered in stunning clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has steel blue-variegated bluish-green foliage with hints of lavender which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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