I started growing this plant in a container on my building steps in 2020. I live in a city and have no access to a regular garden, so I started a "container garden," on the steps of my two-family building. I have been doing this for many years and every year I take a chance and buy a few "experiments." I always have to be aware of how large the plant will get because we have to walk up and down those same stairs! This is my favorite of all my plants (uh oh, don't tell the other 20!). It gives me utter delight just to look at it. It looks exactly like the photos. It grows easily without aggravation. All my stairway plants have to grow in burning hot direct SW sun, because that's the exposure I have. Spiraea, at least this variety, has done spectacularly.
Double Play® Candy Corn® Spirea Spiraea japonica
- 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).
- Early Spring
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 SellerFoliage InterestDeadheading Not NecessaryResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:18 - 24 InchesSpacing:18 - 30 InchesSpread:18 - 30 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFoliage Colors:OrangeFoliage Colors:RedFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:Pineapple yellowHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointMaintenance 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
510433212Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
mARIA bRANT, New York, United States, 6 weeks ago
We have had the plants for about a year and a half now and I cannot help but stare at them as I walk by. In zone 5, in mid April, it’s just an amazing show of orange with a mix of reds and yellows. It’s just gorgeous. I’m going to look for more this year!Erin, New Hampshire, United States, 7 weeks ago
In my zone 7b garden in central Maryland, we planted this beautiful Candy Corn spirea shrub next to the front door. It glows most of the year. There is no way to overlook it. We love it. We're trying to find places to plant more. It performs exactly as described for us.Dawn Resch, Maryland, United States, 24 weeks ago
I planted my spirea candy corn last fall and through frosts and freezes, it has remained happy as a lark. I already love it and haven't even seen it bloom.Linda, Georgia, United States, 1 year ago
Gorgeous colors. Attractive leaf shape. After only about 8 weeks of being planted, it’s near full (predicted) size.Laura, New Jersey, United States, 1 year 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, 2 years 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, 2 years 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.Carol, California, United States, 2 years 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!Laurel, Maryland, United States, 2 years ago