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.
Double Play® Red 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).
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
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 48 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:Deep, crimson pink-red bloomsFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:RedFoliage Shade:Dark burgundy spring foliageHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Mixed borders, mass plantings, foundation plantingsMaintenance 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
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Lynne DeCew, British Columbia, Canada, 12 weeks 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, 1 year 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, 3 years ago