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Double Play® Candy Corn® Spirea Spiraea japonica

Flower Season
  • Early Spring
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
2' 2'6" 61cm 76cm
Height: 18" - 2'
Spread: 18" - 2'6"
Height: 46cm - 61cm
Spread: 46cm - 76cm
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  • Details

    18 - 24 Inches
    18 - 30 Inches
    18 - 30 Inches
    46cm - 61cm
    46cm - 76cm
    46cm - 76cm


    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!

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    Foliage Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 24 Inches 46cm - 61cm
    18 - 30 Inches 46cm - 76cm
    18 - 30 Inches 46cm - 76cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Pineapple yellow
    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: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Maintenance 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
  • 22 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • This plant is doing great! It is its second year in the Dallas Tx area. It gets sun until about 2 PM.

      Sherri Barton
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 5 weeks ago
    • I ordered this plant online a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize that being in zone 9b was beyond the recommended area for this plant. It has done extremely well after I moved it to an area that gets afternoon shade. LOVE the color of the foliage and the flowers. My question is about the scrubby tiny branches that develop at the base of the plant. I won’t prune now in December but is it recommended to prune out the scrubby little branches primarily at the base of the plant after it flowers in the spring? Is it better to just leave main branches? I wish Proven Winners would write more detailed instructions for caring for (fertilizing and pruning) our plants after we’ve purchased them.

      Connie G
      , California
      , United States
      , 23 weeks ago
    • I was so excited to add this to my garden but I am really struggling with this plant. As a matter of fact, it’s the second one I’ve planted this season, as the first one died. I can’t figure out what’s going on either, because I planted a regular double play right beside it and it’s doing great. I have cut it back in hopes that it bounces back but I’m not very confident.

      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 49 weeks ago
    • Love love these shrubs! “Everything and the kitchen sink!” I bought 45 of these plants. Love the fact it’s all that and a bang of color. From the growth of being yellow, new growth being burgundy red and it flowers! OMG! And it’s is a “dwarf” size to accommodate most landscapes. People are literally driving by my property amazed at the POP of color because of these plants! Highly recommend. Also, some comments were about the color…if you are planting in a shade, yes it will be lime green, but if planted in sun (as recommended) they are beautiful in gold/yellow and red colors.

      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • We have many Candy Corn spireas planted in our yard. It’s the best. It’s a great size. The color is spectacular! It’s a winner all the way around. Love everything Proven Winners!!

      Julie M. Borkenhagen
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Candy Corn is a real show stopper! Foliage is fabulous nearly all year long and flowers are just icing on the cake! People walking my neighborhood stop and stare! Four season interest great smallish shrub!

      Terry Meier
      , Oklahoma
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Loved these shrubs planted 6 of these in New landscape. They were beautiful 1st year. They did come back up and were gorgeous lime green in early spring. By September leaves were no longer bright colors They were just green. Resembled regular spiria And did not fill out. Disappointed

      marie elstun
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • 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.

      mARIA bRANT
      , New York
      , United States
      , 2 years 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!

      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 2 years 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
      , 2 years ago
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