I have 5 Blue Kazoo Spirea’s along a shaded walkway that gets maybe 1-2 hours of partial sun. They have always performed beautifully for me in zone 6b. I love the cool blue toned leaves and the pollinators go crazy for the fuzzy white flowers. No powdery mildew here and many of my other plants suffer. They brighten up my walkway in the spring and the blooms last for weeks. I do very little to take care of them except a cut after blooming. They even withstood a late season freeze that killed all my hydrangea buds here in RI.
Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea Spiraea media
- Part Sun to Sun
24 - 36 Inches24 - 36 Inches24 - 36 Inches61cm - 91cm61cm - 91cm61cm - 91cm
Flowers, foliage, and easy care - Double Play® Blue Kazoo® spirea has it all!
Your search for a colorful, versatile, easy to grow shrub for your landscape ends at Double Play Blue Kazoo spirea. Its cool blue foliage emerges in a range of shifting hues through the season: red, pink, purple, and green. In early summer, very large white flower clusters appear. Like other spirea, you can count on Double Play Blue Kazoo to look great while needing minimal care. It grows well in lightly shaded conditions (four-six hours of sun or filtered light all day), and is generally unbothered by deer. Not fussy about soil or watering.
Top reasons to grow Double Play Blue Kazoo spirea:
- blue foliage and white flowers work with any home color, even strong orange or red brick
- colorful new growth keeps this plant interesting from spring through frost
- needs no special pruning or other maintenance to keep its good looksFoliage InterestResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cmSpacing:24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cmSpread:24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cmFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:BlueFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:RedFoliage Shade:Cool blue-green foliage has burgundy new growth and red fall colorHabit: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:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bHeat Zones:8Water Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
A great low-maintenance plant for mass plantings or low hedges. It can also be incorporated into mixed borders. The multi-season interest of flowers and foliage makes it an effective addition to landscapes.Maintenance Notes:
If you wish to prune Double Play Blue Kazoo spirea, do so after flowering. This neatens the appearance and also encourages a fresh flush of colorful new growth.
Cool blue foliage is the perfect contrast to this hardy plant's crisp white blooms. Hints of burgundy in the new growth foreshadow the rich red foliage color it develops in fall. This neat, mounded plant is an excellent addition to the landscaper's palette.Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spiraea media 'SMSMBK' USPP 26,655, Can 5,642
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Pmoskie, Rhode Island, United States, 30 weeks ago
These are beautiful! This is their 3rd summer and the blooms are plentiful for the 1st time. Blooms have been sparse previous years. (don’t know if that’s the environment or the shrub). My shrubs are very full. The leaves are as colorful as shown in the photos. Low maintenance. When I purchased these at a local garden center, a few of them looked like they were suffering from fungus or insects. I treated them & all was fine after the 1st season. I would purchase them again.Rita, Massachusetts, United States, 33 weeks ago
This plant has beautiful leaf colors! I bought two but unfortunately one didn't make it through shipping. The company plans to send a replacement this spring. The healthy one is doing great even through the harsh winter. If I had room in my yard for more, I would definitely plant more.L. Carlson, Oregon, United States, 51 weeks ago
Sadly this plant hasn’t grown at all since purchasing it online in early summer. It had already flowered, so I missed that stage, and it didn’t tolerate sun very well at all. Leaves scorched very easily. Im waiting for the weather to cool before transplanting to a less sunny spot in the yard and see if that helps for next year. Also purchased candy corn variety and it’s doing great, although hasn’t put on much growth either.Connie, California, United States, 1 year ago
I planted five blue kazoos three years ago. For the last two summers they have suffered terribly from powdery mildew even though they are sited in a southeast exposure with good air circulation with lots of sun, good drainage and no overhead shade. I also have other varieties of spirea in the landscapes which do well. I like to use spirea for it's deer resistance and low maintenance but sadly, this variety has been a disappointment. I am considering replacing them.Stephanie Gallagher, New York, United States, 1 year ago
Kristin, New York, United States, 1 year ago
The foliage on this shrub is gorgeous! Blue Kazoo provides wonderful color and texture in our foundation bed. The shape is lovely and the flowers are a nice bright white!Eric N, New York, United States, 3 years ago
Love the bluish color of this Spirea. Came back after a very harsh winter and has grown to nearly mature height after one year.Seth Hendriks, Minnesota, United States, 3 years ago
I have a mature Double Play Gold spirea gracing the entrance to the main walkway to my home and have long desired another striking spirea to compliment it on the opposite side of the walkway. With the Blue Kazoo I know I've found its match! Like the DP Gold, the Blue Kazoo also has leaves that are a kaleidoscope of colors as the seasons pass. These guys always get attention from passersby. Deadhead for repeat blooms. Looks best and have more blooms when given a shag cut/trim rather than the coiffed cut/trim.Tom, Massachusetts, United States, 9 years ago