Spiraea japonica Double Play Candy Corn
Spirea 'Double Play Candy Corn' photo courtesy of Proven Winners


Spirea 'Candy Corn' is one of the most eye popping spirea yet. The first growth in the spring is candy apple red. As the season progresses the older foliage turns a pineapple yellow providing a striking contrast with the orangey red new growth. In late spring dark purple blooms are produced. 

  • Height: 45-76 cm (18-30 in)
  • Spread: 45-76 cm (18-30 in)
  • Hardiness: Zone 4-7
  • Sun or Shade: sun to light shade
  • Bloom Time: late spring to early summer
  • Leaf Colour: red changing to yellow and orange
  • Bloom Colour: deep purple pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees and butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Spirea is a popular plant because it is very low maintenance, and 'Double Play Candy Corn' is no exception. 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.

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