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PlantFiles: Japanese Spirea, Japanese Meadowsweet, Maybush
Spiraea japonica 'Double Play Artist'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spiraea (spy-REE-ah) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Double Play Artist
Additional cultivar information: (PP21712, CAN4072; Double PlayŽ series, aka Double Play Artisan, Galen)

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 5, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Flower color is a deeper pink-purple than other similar spireas, and while it ages lighter it doesn't turn as insipid.

I don't know why the promotional material doesn't mention that, if you shear the flowers off when the first bloom flush slows, you'll get a full rebloom later in the summer. That's been our experience over several years.

New foliage is red/purple, maturing to mid-green. Mildew resistant.

Spireas are generally considered deer-resistant.

US PP 21,712 Unauthorized propagation prohibited.

The cultivar name is 'Galen'. The trade name "Double Play" is trademarked and privately owned.

Positive JonthanJ On Mar 27, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Purply red foliage early. I bought one this week to go in a very well drained bed where another Japanese Spirea has done well for me.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Logansport, Indiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts

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