Double Play® Red Spirea

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Do you have a garden trouble spot? Probably. Most of us do. Do you want a beautiful plant to fill it? Double Play® Red Spirea (Double Play® Red Spiraea japonica 'SMNSJMFR' PP 26,993) might be the solution that you're looking for. Spirea is a great garden plant. It is an ideal plant for difficult areas in your landscape where you have not had any luck with other plants. Drought? Wind? Poor soil? Salt spray? Double Play® Red doesn't bat an eye. This is one of the easiest shrubs you can grow.

Double Play is covered in color-changing leaves - it starts out with burgundy-red leaves in the spring that turn to deep green during the summer and on through the fall. In the spring it blooms with tons of clusters of true red flower heads - the only true red of any Spirea. The beautiful flowers attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds setting your garden in motion all summer long.

Double Play® Red doesn't require any pruning to keep its nice mounded shape and resists deer and disease. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 8 and handle cold and sun very well! Space-saving and low growing, these spread to up to 4 feet in mature width and rarely grow over 3 feet in height.

Planting and Application:

Small-sized shrubs, Japanese Spirea add vivid color all growing season to landscapes large and small! Use as colorful edging along beds and borders, and dress up a Cottage garden and Pollinator border! Add a burst of curb appeal along your front foundation hedges or on either side of the steps leading to your front porch!

Ideal as groundcover for large areas in the sun, top retaining walls and hard-to-mow slopes with easy care ornamental shrubs! Use as facer plants to dress up the bare legs of larger shrubs and as fringe around tree trunks! Perfectly sized for containers and planters, any seating area, outdoor room, porch, patio and even balcony can enjoy these rosy red blossoms and tidy mounded flowering shrubs!

  • True Carmine-Red Flowers
  • Easy Care Shrub For Trouble Spots
  • Stunning Spring & Fall Color
  • Mounds of Green Foliage
  • Attracts Pollinators, Low Hedges, Containers, Edging & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

New and improved Japanese Spiraea are highly adaptable and low-maintenance! Producing its best color in full sun, Spirea can tolerate part sun. Spireas have a tolerance to most well-drained soils, are highly adaptable to moisture levels once established and have a wide range of sun needs! Once established, they are also drought tolerant. It is recommended that you shear right after flowering since deadheading leads to additional blooms later in the season.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate Moisture
  • Adaptable to Most Well-Drained Soil Types
  • Shear/Deadhead/Prune After Flowering
  • Reblooming & Cold Hardy

This is one vigorous, easy-care shrub! Bright and colorful with 3 seasons of interest, don't let that tough spot in your landscape be a burden any longer. Order your own Double Play® Red Spirea today from!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Double Play® Red Spirea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Double Play® Red Spiraea japonica 'SMNSJMFR' USPP 26,993
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deep Crimson-Red
Foliage Color Green & Deep Burgundy
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering