Spirea - Double Play Red #2
Double Play® Red Spirea - Spiraea japonica 'SMNSJMFR'
Height: 3 feet - Spread: 3 feet - Sunlight: full sun - Hardiness Zone: 4a
Description: This variety features dark burgundy emerging foliage that transitions to a rich green; breakthrough red flower color transitions to pink in early summer; has a dense mounded habit perfect for landscapes
Ornamental Features: Double Play® Red Spirea features showy clusters of red flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds. It has forest green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Landscape Attributes: Double Play® Red Spirea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.