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.
- Part Sun to 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).
This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 8
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
My Current Zone
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. Look for it in better garden centers in spring 2019.
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.Continuous 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:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBlooms On:Old 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' USPPAF, Can PBRAF
MarciaMissouriUnited States11 weeks ago