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Double Play Doozie® Spirea

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Double Play Doozie® Spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘SMNPJD’)This seedless variety features blazing, deep purple-red emerging foliage that transitions to light green; clusters of purple-red to pink blooms in spring that continue to bloom through summer ; a fantastic garden focal point or mass planting

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Spiraea
Cultivar:
NCSX2
Flower Color:
red
Flower Period:
from mid spring to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
light green
Fall Color:
brick 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
Spacing:
30 inches
Flower Bicolor:
lavender

Ornamental Features

Double Play Doozie® Spirea features showy clusters of red flowers with lavender overtones at the ends of the branches from mid spring to late summer that fade to pink over time. It has light green foliage with hints of coppery-bronze which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Double Play Doozie® 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 Doozie® Spirea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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