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Double Play® Red Spirea

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Double Play® Red Spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Double Play Red’)This variety features dark burgundy emerging foliage that transitions to a rich green; breakthrough red flower color transitions to pink in early summer; has a dense mounded habit perfect for landscapes

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Double Play® Red Spirea features showy clusters of red flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer that fade to pink over time, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds. It has forest green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

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

Planting & Growing

Double Play® Red 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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