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Double Play® Gold Spirea

Spiraea japonica

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Double Play® Gold Spirea

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The Double Play® Gold Spirea, scientifically known as Spiraea japonica, is a remarkable shrub that combines stunning visual appeal with easy care, making it a splendid addition to any garden. This plant is particularly known for its vibrant golden foliage, which provides a bright, cheerful backdrop throughout the growing season. In addition to its eye-catching leaves, the Double Play Gold Spirea is adorned with hot pink flowers during the summer, offering a striking contrast that is sure to draw attention.

One of the most appealing aspects of this plant is its low maintenance requirements. It is deer resistant and has a robust nature, making it an ideal choice for gardeners looking for minimal upkeep. The plant thrives in zones 3 to 8, making it hardy in a variety of climates. Understanding your hardiness zone is crucial for ensuring the plant's perennial growth and overall health. These zones are determined by the average annual extreme minimum temperature an area might experience, and the Double Play Gold Spirea is well-suited to withstand a range of winter conditions.

Plant Attributes

The Double Play® Gold Spirea, is a deciduous shrub that stands out with its unique combination of attributes. This medium-sized plant typically reaches a garden height of 18 to 24 inches, with a similar spread of 16 to 24 inches, creating a well-balanced and mounded appearance. The foliage is a striking yellow, providing a vivid backdrop throughout the seasons. In terms of floral display, it boasts pink flowers that add a pop of color against the golden leaves. This plant's habit is naturally mounded, making it an excellent choice as a 'thriller' component in container gardens.

An ideal plant for a variety of garden settings, the Double Play Gold Spirea thrives in both part sun and full sun environments. It adapts well to different lighting conditions, requiring a minimum of four to six hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth. Maintenance is straightforward and easy, with little more than basic care needed. The plant blooms on new wood, showcasing its vibrant pink flowers from early to late summer, providing an extended season of visual interest.

Landscape Use

The Double Play® Gold Spirea, with its striking golden foliage and vibrant pink flowers, offers a range of landscaping uses that make it a versatile choice for many garden designs:

  1. Mixed Borders: Its moderate size and colorful appearance make it ideal for mixed borders. It can be paired with perennials and other shrubs to create a dynamic display of color and texture.
  2. Foundation Plantings: The compact and mounded habit of this spirea makes it suitable for foundation plantings, adding a splash of color against the backdrop of a building.
  3. Container Gardening: Due to its medium size, the Double Play Gold Spirea works well in containers, adding a bright accent to patios, balconies, or entryways.
  4. Hedges and Screens: When planted in a row, it can form a low, informal hedge or screen, providing a colorful boundary or division within a garden space.
  5. Accent Plant: Its unique golden foliage and summer-long pink blooms make it an excellent accent plant, drawing the eye in garden beds or landscaped areas.
  6. Wildlife Gardens: Attracting hummingbirds, this spirea can be included in wildlife or pollinator gardens, contributing to the biodiversity of the area.
  7. Low-Maintenance Landscapes: Ideal for gardeners seeking minimal upkeep, it can be used in low-maintenance landscape designs, requiring little care beyond basic watering and occasional pruning.
  8. Rock Gardens: The plant's size and drought tolerance once established make it a good choice for adding color and interest to rock gardens.
  9. Mass Plantings: For a dramatic effect, the Double Play Gold Spirea can be planted en masse, creating a sea of gold and pink in larger landscape areas.
  10. Urban Gardens: Its adaptability and compact form make it well-suited for urban gardens where space might be limited but visual impact is desired.

By incorporating the Double Play Gold Spirea into various landscape designs, gardeners can achieve a range of aesthetic and functional benefits, from enhancing biodiversity to creating visually striking garden scenes.

Planting & Care

The Double Play® Gold Spirea (Spiraea japonica) is a delightful shrub that adds vibrant color to any garden. Here's how to plant and care for it:


  1. Timing: The best time to plant the Double Play Gold Spirea is in the spring or fall when the weather is cooler.
  2. Location: Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade, with at least four to six hours of sunlight daily.
  3. Soil Preparation: This spirea prefers well-drained soil. Amend heavy clay or sandy soils with compost to improve soil structure.
  4. Planting Process:
  5. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and the same depth.
  6. Gently remove the plant from its container and loosen the roots.
  7. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring it's at the same depth it was in the pot.
  8. Fill the hole with soil and press down gently.
  9. Water thoroughly after planting.
  10. Spacing: Space plants about 24 to 36 inches apart to allow for growth and air circulation.


  1. Watering: Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, the plant has average water needs and can tolerate some drought.
  2. Fertilizing: Apply a controlled-release fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth.
  3. Pruning:
  4. Prune in late winter or early spring.
  5. Remove any dead or damaged branches.
  6. Shape the plant as desired, but avoid heavy pruning as this can reduce flowering.
  7. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
  8. Pest and Disease Management: This plant is generally disease-resistant and deer-resistant. However, keep an eye out for common pests and treat as necessary.
  9. Deadheading: Remove spent flowers to encourage reblooming.

Additional Tips

  • Winter Care: In colder regions, provide a layer of mulch for winter protection.
  • Location Flexibility: This plant is adaptable and can thrive in urban environments as well as traditional garden settings.
  • Growth Habit: The plant naturally maintains a mounded shape, reducing the need for frequent pruning.

By following these planting and care guidelines, the Double Play Gold Spirea can be a long-lasting, vibrant addition to your garden, offering season-long visual interest with minimal maintenance.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Average; ensure regular watering but can tolerate less frequent watering once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: spy-REE-ah juh-PON-ih-kuh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 18-24 inches and a spread of 16-24 inches.
  • Special features: Attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, low maintenance, season-long color.
  • Dramatic Foliage: Vibrant golden foliage
  • Foliage color: Yellow
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Flower color: Pink
  • Flower attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Traditional, Cottage, Urban & Courtyard
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a colorful hedge or as a standalone feature in small gardens. Perfect for borders and mixed beds, and its compact size makes it suitable for container gardening. The plant's vivid colors work well in thematic gardens focused on vibrant foliage and can be paired with perennials and grasses for textural contrast.
  • Companion Plants: Suitable to be planted alongside other low-maintenance perennials and shrubs that enjoy similar sun and water conditions.

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