I put 3 of these in a full sun location and they looked amazing all last year. In the fall, one started to look like something was infecting the leaves - fungus, maybe? - so I took a deep breath and hacked maybe half the shrub off. I figured I'd probably have to replace it this spring. I was sad. Then, a few weeks later, something came along and ate the other two down almost to the ground. I was VERY sad. This spring, I was no longer sad - these shrubs sprang back and look absolutely GORGEOUS. I live in an area with constantly heavy deer pressure, and rabbit pressure that waxes and wanes - so its good to know that even if the worst happens, these shrubs can come right on back and look great the following season.
Double Play Big Bang® Spirea Spiraea x
Everything you love about the classic spirea - and more!
Japanese spirea comes by its popularity earnestly: durable, super easy to care for, and perfectly pretty pink flowers in spring. Double Play Big Bang® spirea does the landscape classic one better with the biggest, pinkest flowers of any Japanese spirea. It also offers super colorful new growth, especially when it emerges in early spring. That's what makes it a perfect Double Play! Like other Japanese spirea, it's drought tolerant, deer resistant, grows and blooms well in partial shade, and maintains a nice, neat shape without pruning.
Top reasons to grow Double Play Big Bang spirea:
- Extra large pure pink blooms
- Colorful new growth makes the plant interesting even when it's not in bloom
- Deer resistantAttracts:HummingbirdsResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:36 - 48 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Shade:PinkFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:YellowHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8aWater Category:AverageUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
This is an outstanding landscape plant! It is perfect for mass plantings or as part of the mixed border.Maintenance Notes:
Very little maintenance is needed. Apply a controlled release fertilizer in spring, and trim as needed to shape. Deadhead after flowering to encourage repeat blooming.
Check out the complete guide to growing spirea.Double Play Big Bang® Spiraea x 'Tracy' USPP 21,588, Can 4,073
5441321Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Laura S, New Jersey, United States, 1 year ago
The flowers are nice but not the real show. I planted three of these in a new flowerbed by the street and have been fighting them ever since. I had thought the bed would be shrubs and permanent plantings. I made the mistake of planting some PW annuals. During the pandemic the world went by on their bikes or with their dogs. I have gained a following that stand out on the street and point. I want more annuals. The spirea get too tall in the front so with every haircut they respond with beautifully colored new growth. I have now decided to murder the 30 year old hedge and move these into replace it. A soft hedge that doesn't need hedging, blooms and has beautiful foliage.PeggieWho, California, United States, 2 years ago
We planted a Double Play Big Bang 4 years in our garden orchard- zone 5, in full sun, on a windy hill. At maturity, I think it was larger than 3' wide. It is one of our favorite shrubs! Beautiful colors change with seasons, starting out with deep orange and red leaves in May gradually turning to light green for the Summer. In between the colors are a colorful mix. The pink blossoms last at least a month. The shrub looks better after deadheading the spent blossoms. In the Fall, again the leaves turn a deep orange and red, making in a three season show! This Spring we are adding front yard landscaping to our new home. Because we loved how well this spirea from Proven Winners performed, we are planting 14 of Candy Corn Spirea as it is very similar to the Double Play Big Bang, but with very deep pink blossoms.Bonnie, Michigan, United States, 2 years ago
I have two of these as foundation shrubs at the front of my home (facing West.) They look great. I have had other Spirea that didn't do as well as these. Large plants and large blooms. The maintenance recommended here is exactly what I do. Shaping in early spring, deadheading after bloom, a little fertilizer and, of course, water.Robin Langdon, Missouri, United States, 6 years ago
Stunning flaming kaleidoscope of color in spring.tina ramsey, Tennessee, United States, 12 years ago