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Double Play® Candy Corn® Spirea

SHRUB

Description

  • Bold foliage color lasts all season!
  • Easy to care for and adaptable to a wide range of conditions.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Zones 4-8, sun/part sun, 2.5 tall x 2.5 wide at maturity. 
Zone 4-8
Light part sun/sun
medium

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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More Information

Description Double Play® Candy Corn® spiraea (Spiraea japonica) offers an ever-changing medley of foliage color, from bright candy apple red to candy corn orange and yellow-green; this deciduous shrub is a welcome color in the landscape, which is often dominated by green. Summer foliage color is determined by exposure, where leaves are darker in part shade, but a bright, cheerful yellow in sunny exposures. Butterfly loving dark purple flowers offer another jolt of color in late spring and early summer. A pleasing mounded form, it grows quickly to 18-24" tall and wide. No pruning is required, making it perfect for brightening up low-maintenance gardens. Plus, it's fairly adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, including clay and drought tolerant once established. Color performs admirably in high heat. Deer & Rabbits tend not to nibble. Details Botanical name: Spiraea japonica 'NCSX1'
Patent #: USPP 28,313
Common name: Gold spirea, spirea
Zone: 4 - 8
Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun), Part-sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 18-30" x 18-30"
Flower color: Purple
Foliage color: Yellow
Season of Interest: Spring-fall
Bloom time: Summer
Features: Rare & unusual, proven winners, low flammability, drought tolerant, cold tolerant, best for beginners
Uses: Accent, container gardening, erosion, foundation planting, hedge, massing, ornamental, small spaces.
How To Grow Soil: Not finicky about soil, as long as it is well drained. Tolerates dry conditions once established.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part-sun (4-6 hrs of sun/day).
Water: Average.
Space: 2-3' apart.
Fertilizing: Little needed. Apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring if desired.
Winterizing: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended; nothing else is needed.
Maintenance & Pruning: Double Play spirea naturally grow with a neat, tidy habit and need little pruning. If desired, trim or prune after spring bloom; this will encourage a second flush of colorful new growth as well as remove the first round of spent flowers for a neater look.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
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O
O.B. (Nevada)
Not really satisfied

It came in not good condition, particularly dry because of long time sipping. I was planting it right away and now I don’t know if it’s alive or no, because outside cold and plants look with out foliage like die. We’ll see it when will be spring time.

We apologize that you received plants that are not up to our standards. As we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors, like shipping and handling, are outside our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. Most often, plants bounce back quickly once they've found a home in your garden. As it is the colder months, your new plant has most likely gone dormant. This does not mean your plant is dead but is just resting until spring. Rest assured, we have a guarantee on all our plants. Our fall guarantee covers plants received after September 1 until May 2023! https://www.greatgardenplants.com/pages/our-guarantee

D
D.P. (Georgia)
Off to a Good Start

I ordered 2 candy corn spirea plants. They arrived when it was still very hot and dry in my 8b location. Both plants were very tiny and fragile in their quart pots. I immediately replanted them to a 1 gallon pot and checked on them daily along with plenty of water. They started to grow and fill out nicely. It was very easy to monitor the growth because all the new foliage is red! After living in their new pots and growing for about 6-8 weeks I went ahead and planted them in my landscape. They are doing great! They have put on a lot more new growth and seem to love their new home next to my Agapanthus. I’m happy that they are going strong and hopefully put on a nice show next season. They have to get ready for a lot of heat and sunshine in my garden.

J
J.G. (Michigan)
Spirea

My double play doing very well. Have it wrapped in chicken wire to keep deer from nibbling. Ones I planted last year grew like crazy & deer ate all the blossoms off so had to wrap them too, darn deer.

C
C.C. (South Carolina)
Candy corn

Great plant. Doing well. Lost a few the first year but reordered. Great service.

T
T. (Florida)
Unimpressed

I’ve been extremely happy with all the plants purchased through Great Garden Plants until now. I have ordered 3 and they just didn’t thrive and stalled. So I ordered 3 more to replace and they too have stalled and just look sad. Planted in part sun and on drip irrigation. The Double Play Doozie’s planted this Spring have already doubled in size and look extremely happy.

Hello! Thank you for leaving us feedback. It is so hard to say for certain why you are not seeing a much growth as you'd like. It sounds like you are doing a great job caring for your new plants. Perhaps you're familiar with the old saying about plants: first year sleep, second year creep, third year leap. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. Happy Gardening!