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Double Play® Red Spirea Spiraea japonica

Flower Season
  • Spring
Mature Size
3' 3' 91cm 91cm
Height: 2' - 3'
Spread: 2' - 3'
Height: 61cm - 91cm
Spread: 61cm - 91cm
  • Details

    24 - 36 Inches
    24 - 48 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    61cm - 91cm
    61cm - 1.2m
    61cm - 91cm


    Double Play spireas have vibrant flowers and stunning foliage.

    Double Play Red is a flower color breakthrough, with nearly-red flowers. Add in showy dark burgundy spring foliage and you've got the perfect double play! 

    Top reasons to grow Double Play Red spirea:

    • The closest to red of any spirea
    • Very showy burgundy-purple new growth
    • Naturally grows as a dense, rounded mound


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
    24 - 48 Inches 61cm - 1.2m
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Deep, crimson pink-red blooms
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark burgundy spring foliage
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    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: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Mixed borders, mass plantings, foundation plantings

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Adaptable to most moist, well-drained soils. Any heavy pruning should be done in late winter/early spring and light pruning can occur after flowering. Fertilize in spring.

    Double Play® Red Spiraea japonica 'SMNSJMFR' USPP 26,993, Can 5,633
  • 4 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • A prior homeowner planted 4 of these in my landscaping. They are beautiful and thriving, but they are also non-native invasive plants that will escape into the wild and can crowd out native species. Look them up on the Invasive Plant Atlas website. Spirea japonica is banned in several states. Please, Proven Winners, stop selling non-native invasives!

      Susan Harrison
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 21 min ago
    • I’m also having powdery mildew problems with this spirea. Planted in a container 6 weeks ago in a part-sun location, and after a cool wet spring it’s not looking good at all. Also, new growth is rangy and spoils the compact look it originally had.

      Lynne DeCew
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • This is the third year Double Play Red Spirea has been growing in my yard. Like all Proven Winners plant selections, Double Play Red Spirea is a strong growing, attractive plant. New spring foliage is a rich burgundy, becoming green as the year progresses. The plant has large clusters of deep pink, almost red flowers that are on display for weeks. Lightly cutting can produce a smaller continuing bloom. With all of these attractive qualities, it is very disappointing to see how prone to mildew these plants are. Mildew appears after weeks of cold, rainy weather and shows up in warm, dry periods later in summer. I have seen older Spirea varieties growing with minimal care around parking lots and commercial plantings with no evidence of unsightly mildew. I avoid planting fussy things that need spraying and I would not have chosen this Spirea had I known of this continual problem.

      J.A. Nichol
      , Washington
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • My local nursery carried this spirea variety for the first time last spring (2018). I bought 2 of these, and planted them in an area that gets full afternoon sun. They are a low height, spreading shrub which worked well in the front of my shrub bed, planted in front of 3 foot abelias and loropetalums. The foliage on these spirea plants is very attractive, with burgundy tipped leaves. The plants bloomed continuously through the summer, with what I would describe as magenta colored blooms. They died back to the ground over the winter, but emerged rapidly in the spring with beautiful foliage. I am really enjoying these plants.

      Texas Gardening Lover
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
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