Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Double Play® Candy Corn® Spirea Spiraea japonica

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Early Spring
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
24" 30"
18 - 24"
18 - 30"
  • Details


    Your search for truly colorful landscape plants ends here!

    Meet the newest and most colorful Proven Winners spirea, Double Play® Candy Corn®. The show starts in early spring when the new growth emerges bright candy apple red. As it matures, it turns pineapple yellow, and the new growth continues to emerge bright orange all season. Top it off with dark purple flowers in late spring/early summer, and you've got a display you really have to see to believe. Be sure to click the image tab below to see just how showy this low-maintenance spiraea is!

    Best Seller
    Foliage Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    18 - 30 Inches
    18 - 30 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Pineapple yellow
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Maintenance Notes: 

    Spirea is a popular plant because it is blissfully low maintenance, and Double Play Candy Corn is no exception. It naturally takes on a nice, rounded habit without pruning. If you wish, you can give it a trim after the flowers fade, which will encourage even more colorful new growth.

    Double Play® spiraea are typically ignored by deer and even rabbits, and are quite drought tolerant after a year or two in the ground.

    Fun Facts: 

    Though you wouldn't guess it by looking at it, spiraea is closely related to roses and raspberries.

    Double Play® Candy Corn® Spiraea japonica 'NCSX1' USPP 28,313, Can 6,176
  • 6 Reviews

    • Gorgeous colors. Attractive leaf shape. After only about 8 weeks of being planted, it’s near full (predicted) size.

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 4 weeks ago
    • Planted this Spirea last year. Came back after a very harsh winter and is thriving. Love it. Very colorful.

      Seth Hendriks
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 17 weeks ago
    • My new favorite! The ever changing leaves are beautiful and fun to watch. Fall colors are deep red and deep orange, spring is light orange and yellow and summer they turn almost lime green with vibrant pinkish purple flowers. Amazing interest in the garden.

      Katrina Bilbruck
      , 20 weeks ago
    • My nursery will sell plants out of my plant zone 9b. I didn't realize this was such a stretch, lol. I like this little shrub so well I have bought it 3 years in a row to form a little hedge. First year it got a little crispy, second year it was pretty, third year it is glorious. The new growth is reddish yellow and turns yellow, a burning bush. It is well established now and has started to bloom. The leaves are so colorful that it's hard to tell it's blooming. It's a tough shrub. I have been building this bed and the soil. Last years I was planting in little more then a debris pile. I will be replacing more of our foundation shrubs with these small type shrubs that only need shaping and not hedging.

      , California
      , United States
      , 27 weeks ago
    • I really love this plant! Planted 3 in the Fall and they all had flowers this Spring and are filling out beautifully! The flowers are really just a bonus as the foliage colors are so unique they stand out even without the flowers. It takes almost no work for it to be beautiful. Mine get only part shade and are all doing great. Recommend!

      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I ordered this online because I haven't seen it at my nursery yet. In hindsight, I should have waited to get it at the nursery. I paid around $35 to $40 for the gallon size one at the nursery last year. I got the quart size one online. It is a very new plant, it is only three to four inches tall with very weak root. If I plant it now as it, it will most likely be eaten by rabbit. $19.99 plus shipping for this tiny plant is not worth it. Buy local if you want this plant. I picked up a gallon size of Proven Winner Gold at the nursery recently, it is nice and strong with good root system.

      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
  • 6 More colors

Back to Top

Find plants you love and create idea boards for all your projects.

To create an idea board, sign in or create an account.