Absolutely beautiful. Planted 5 three years ago as a focal point behind my perennial bed surrounding a weeping Japanese Maple. I pruned them in February 1/3 and they have been spectacular this year. I look for deer and rabbit resistant plants because they think my yard is a buffet. I never got around to fertilizing my Doozies this year but they didn't care. Last year we had a very dry May and this year we've had ample rainfall. They don't care. They just keep blooming. Even the new growth is interesting because it's red. Wish I could add a photo. They're magazine worthy and my social media gardening friends have wowed and drooled over my photos.
Double Play Doozie® Spirea Spiraea x
- Part Sun to Sun
This spirea is better than great - it's a doozie!
Spirea is an old landscape staple, so what could one do that could possible earn it superlatives? Well, seedless and non-invasive would be a start; non-stop blooming would be even better. And these are exactly what makes Double Play Doozie spirea the most beautiful, innovative, ground-breaking spirea to ever grace a landscape. Like all of the Double Play® spirea series, the show begins in early spring, when the foliage emerges in blazing brilliant color - in this case, deep red. By late spring, the flowers begin to emerge, a bright, glowing purple-red that truly sings in the landscape. And as summer comes on, the show doesn't stop: it just keeps flowering, and flowering, and flowering. Because it produces no seeds, it puts all of its energy into flowering! It does it all with the same good looks, drought tolerance, and deer resistance that you expect from spirea, too.
Top reasons to grow Double Play Doozie® spirea:
- Non-invasive! Sets no seed so won't spread into the wild.
- Blooms non-stop - all the energy it would spend developing seed goes into blooming instead.
- Deer resistant and very hardy.Best SellerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerDeadheading Not NecessaryResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:Red-PurpleFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
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:Summer through FallBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Spirea is a landscaping classic, thanks to its neat, mounded habit. It makes a nice edging, accent plant, or perennial garden companion. In the landscape, plant in multiples of 3 for an eye-catching display.Maintenance Notes:
Double Play Doozie is as low maintenance as other spirea. You can give it a light trim after its first bloom in late spring if you'd like to see a reflush of the bright red new growth. Remove the oldest, woodiest stems every couple of years or so to keep growth fresh and vigorous.Double Play Doozie® Spiraea x 'NCSX2' USPP 30,953, Can PBRAF
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Emily Dinkins, Georgia, United States, 17 weeks ago
I purchased 3 of the Candy Corn Double Play Doozie Spirea and I can't brag enough about them. I planted them in front of a porch and they took off growing right away and were stunning with the red tips. Now it is early June and they are blooming the very first year. I love them and would highly recommend to anyone who wants a beautiful easy maintenance shrub. Thank you Proven Winners.Linda Robinson, Arkansas, United States, 26 weeks ago
This plant is just stunning and its blooms are especially beautiful as cut flowers for bouquets! The first year planted in the ground, this plant did not flower but it had beautiful foliage! Especially in fall! The second year the plant grew a good bit in size but only produced just a few flowers, but WOW the third year +, this plant showed its true beauty! It bloomed beautiful large flowers that changed colors based on their age of bloom! This plant continued to bloom and bloom, specifically starting in May here in zone 7B. I have a lot of flowers and plants and this is by far one of my favorites and a true show stopper in the garden! I am so happy I planted this plant, even though it took two years to adjust, it is definitely worth it!! Just be patient! This plant is planted right below our pink Crape Myrtle where the foliage and texture of the spirea really compliments this tree!Kayla, South Carolina, United States, 28 weeks ago
I love this shrub! First of all, it is as described with bright red new growth (not just in Spring but as it has continued to grow) as well as showy, dark purple/red buds that burst into a brilliant, almost-red blossom that slowly fades through various stages of pink that take a long time to turn brown. I have 3 that arrived last Oct as teeny-tiny shrubs in quart pots. They leafed out in March, started blooming in early May (zone 8b) and continued non-stop with many new buds continuing to develop and have quadrupled in size. We have had unusual weather each season from the time they were planted which unexpectedly brought on powdery mildew. One was affected quite severely very quickly but responded very well to just 3 treatment applications and bounced back beautifully! Very tough plants, with lots of curb appeal and live up to the name 'Doozie'!Christine Frye, Washington, United States, 2 years ago
We planted 4 of these to replace some mini fountain grass that had died off from the winter freeze in Texas. We just love them, they have grown and have bloomed continuously. Very Happy With.Allen, Texas, United States, 2 years ago
I have no complaints about this plant. First 2 years it was in a container and last fall I put it in the ground. This spring it is lovely. Very early spring bloomer and as described. No problem with very hot weather and humidity in the container last year but I did keep it well watered.Jody, Virginia, United States, 2 years ago
I planted three of these spirea late spring, last year. They settled in, grew a bit, but no blooms. This spring they really came to life. Each shrub is easily 3-4x's the size it was last spring; the foliage was beautiful early through mid-spring; the blooms started in mid-May and it's just been stunning. They are sited in a part sun spot under a deciduous tree, in a front garden bed, and the deer leave it alone. Proven Winners' overview about Doozie is accurate. It is already reblooming; it is more upright than other spirea, and the bloom/foliage colors are true to the overview descriptions and, the pics on their site.Marcia, Missouri, United States, 4 years ago