Group of Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea with colorful foliage Purple flower of Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea against lime leaves Orange spring foliage of Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea Orange lime and red new growth on Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea Low mounded Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea in landscape
photo of Dr. Tom Ranney

Meet the Breeder

Dr. Tom Ranney
North Carolina, USA

DOUBLE PLAY® CANDY CORN®

Spirea - Japanese

Spiraea japonica

'NCSX1'

USPP 28,313; CBRAF

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Group of Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea with colorful foliage Purple flower of Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea against lime leaves Orange spring foliage of Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea Orange lime and red new growth on Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea Low mounded Double Play Candy Corn Spiraea in landscape
  • Super colorful
  • Purple blooms
  • Durable
Description

Crazy colorful spirea! You have to see Double Play® Candy Corn® spirea 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. Developed by Tom Ranney of NCSU.

USDA Zone 4 - 7 (-30°F/-34°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 1.5 - 2.5'

Width 1.5 - 2.5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Late spring, early summer

Flower Color Purple

Foliage Color Yellow

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Adaptable to all soils except very wet sites.

Pruning Blooms on new wood - prune in early spring as desired.

Uses Mixed borders; foundation plantings; flower beds; mass plantings.

Growing Tips Less heat tolerant than other spirea. Trim after blooming for a flush of colorful new growth and some rebloom.