PLANT OF THE WEEK 2
Spirea japonica 'Double Play Candy Corn'
Spirea japonica (Japanese meadowsweet or Japanese spirea is a plant in the family Rosacea with small flowers in dense racemes. Double Play Candy Corn Spirea is a crazy colorful spirea! You have to see it to believe it - candy apple red foliage starts the show in spring. As the season progresses, the foliage transforms to pineapple yellow. Dark purple blooms appear in late spring, making this the most eye-poppingly colorful Double Play spirea yet. This low mounded plants adds easy color to landscapes, and is a great choice for mass plantings. Developed by Tom Ranney of NCSU. Double Play® Candy Corn™ Spiraea japonica 'NCSX1' USPPAF, Can PBRAF.
This Spirea 'Double Play Candy Corn' with three seasons of color is a popular plant because of its very low maintenance and showy foliage. This compact Spirea goes through seasonal color transformation. In spring the scarlet red foliage emerges, as the spring goes on the older foliage fades to a bright yellow color, but while all this is going on the new growth brings in an orangy-red color for additional interest. 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.
Genus name comes from the Greek word speiraia meaning a coil. Species name means of Japan.
Height 1.5 - 2.5'
Spacing 2.5 - 3'
Exposure Full sun to part sun
Hardy Temp -30°F (-34°C)
Uses Shrub borders, Foundation plantings,
Edging, Mixed borders.
Features Red new growth, yellow foliage, and purple flowers, deer and disease resistant.
Soil Adaptable but prefers well drained soils.
Pruning Prune or trim after flowering if desired.
Bloomtime Late Spring
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Yellow Green
Zone 4 - 7