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Spirea - 'Double Play' (tm) / Size 1
Double Play Artisan Spirea


 
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*Availability Status: In stock & currently shipping
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 6" - 9" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $7.50

Product Code: SPIDBL1

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Spirea Japonica 'Double Play (tm)' aka Galen - Plant Patent #21712




Overall Description


This spirea has both colorful foliage AND colorful flowers and has more vivid color than most varieties. Part of the Double Play (tm) series of spireas, giving a true "double play" with the colorful combo of red / burgundy tinged new foliage growth, followed by massive amounts of bright pink / fuchsia bloom clusters. Flower blooms can be maximized, and bloom time extended if old, expired flower heads are removed or pruned off.

This plant is easy to grow and will provide you with months of beautiful color and can attract hummingbirds! Best color & blooms in full sun, but will accept partial shade as well. Extremely low maintenance, with an occasional pruning of a branch here & there to maintain a nice neat mounded shape being all that is needed to keep this shrub happy. Works great as a border planting, a low growing foundation choice, or can be mass planted for a real colorful display.



Plant Facts & Specifications


--Mature Height : 24 - 30 inches

--Mature Width : 24 - 30 inches

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" per year )

--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist & fertile - well drained. Mulching recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous broadleaf - newest foliage & buds start out as a rich purple-red color, then change to a darker green color as they mature.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - Clusters of purple-red flower heads are produced in spring, opening to fuchsia colored blooms from spring to summer . Blooming time can be extended through removal of old, expired flower heads.

--Diseases / Insects :
Rather trouble free - with powdery mildew occasionally observed in extremely wet conditions. Only pests we have had reported with Double Play (tm) Spirea is Japanese Beetle, and aphids on new tender growth in early spring.

--Recommended Spacing :
24 - 30 inches apart recommended

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.


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