Descriptions and photos of Japanese Spirea Double Play
When landscaping a summer cottage or a house adjoining territory, most often preference is given to unpretentious, long-flowering, resistant plants that fit well into the composition. Quite often you can find various varieties of Japanese Spirea along the park paths and flower beds. One of the most popular is the Double Play, which will be discussed later.
Spiraea japonica plant - deciduous plant species. It is a flowering shrub of decorative designation, belongs to the Pink family. The bush consists of vine-shaped, flexible, sinewy stems covered with dense brown bark.
As a rule, the plant reaches a height of 1.5–2 meters, the branches spread out about 1.2 meters wide. The shrub is covered with dark green ovoid leaves with fine-toothed edges, flowers formed in dense spherical inflorescences form at the top of the stem. The color of the petals depends on the variety.
Did you know? The plant is an active honey plant, its flowers have a pronounced pleasant smell, which allows them to be used for various purposes. In particular, in the Scandinavian countries, petals are added to the recipe in the manufacture of beer and fruit wines to give an unusual aroma.
Double Play Big Bang
One of the most common varieties of Japanese Spirea is the variety Double Play Big Bang (Double Play Big Bang). The uniqueness of this subspecies lies in the fact that its foliage is not green; such an original feature attracts gardeners.
The shrub usually grows up to 80–90 cm high, while the crown of an adult plant reaches 1 meter in diameter. The color of the foliage varies depending on the season: in spring it is painted red-orange, in summer the color becomes more intense and bright yellow with a touch of light green prevail in it, and in autumn the leaves become saturated orange with reddish tips.
Flowering at Big Bang lasts from June to the end of July, then it is possible to repeat: from late August to almost the end of September. The buds are larger than those of other representatives of this variety, the flowers are collected in inflorescences of the corymbose shape, painted in uniform pink color.
Important! This variety is practically not used for landscaping urban lawns due to the fact that it does not tolerate exhaust gases and smoke.
Double Play Artist
A subspecies of the Double Play Artist is the largest representative of this group. The bush reaches a height of one meter, its crown is scattered as much in diameter. The leaves of the plant are classic ovoid.
At the very beginning of blooming, the color of the foliage is usually purple-violet, as it grows in color, dark green begins to prevail, and by the end of flowering the foliage regains its original color.
The bush blooms profusely, starting in early summer, with the timely removal of wilted buds, it continues to bloom until mid-September. The flowers of this variety are unusual, their hue varies from dark pink to deep purple-raspberry, while dense spherical inflorescences have a peculiar frost.
Did you know? Little is known that widespread aspirin was first obtained by treating Japanese Spirea stems, which contain salicin glycoside, which is converted to salicylic acid. The name of the source plant formed the basis for the name of the drug.
Double play red
Spirea Double Play Red is a dwarf shrub 60–70 cm high, crown diameter is limited to 60 cm. According to the description, this variety has similar features with other subspecies, in particular, the changing color of the foliage.
So, the early leaves usually have a rich burgundy-purple color, and later, as they grow, they become evenly green. Flowering occurs from June to the end of September, flowers are traditionally collected in corymbose umbrellas, the petals have an unusual bright dark raspberry color with a red tint.
Double play gold
Another original representative of dwarf Spirea Japanese. Its name is due to a peculiar feature of the plant: shades of yellow of different intensities almost completely prevail in the color of the foliage, as a result of which the bush looks golden. The dimensions of the shrub are 50 cm in height and about 60 in diameter. Gold begins to bloom early in the early days of June. The flowers are medium sized, the color of the petals is a bright pink of a cold hue.
The flowers are medium sized, the color of the petals is a bright pink of a cold hue.
Features of planting and care
Japanese Spirea of the Double Play variety belongs to unpretentious plants with high frost resistance, however, it is important to know about some features of caring for it:
- the shrub is best established on loams with a low level of acidity. The site should be well drained, wetlands should be avoided. The place should be well-lit, although the plant tolerates slight shading, however, the flowering intensity may decrease;
- seedlings are planted in holes prepared in advance (within 1-2 days), the distance between the bushes should be at least 50 cm. The seedling is watered immediately after planting at the rate of 1 bucket per 1 bush;
- Double Play does not need frequent watering. Usually seedlings of the first year are watered once every 2 weeks, with drought and extreme heat - 2 times a month. A plant is enough 1–1.5 buckets of water;
- it is possible to fertilize a flower, but only from 2 years of its transplantation to a permanent place. Ready-made mineral fertilizers are usually used for flowering plants, according to the instructions. It is best to carry out the procedure after cutting the shrub;
- pruning of bushes is carried out the first year only for the purpose of sanitization, cut damaged and dried shoots. Starting from the second year, it is possible to carry out decorative forming pruning, based on the purpose of the shrub.After any stalk trimming procedure, the spirea needs to be fed once with mineral fertilizer so that the plant has enough resources to form a healthy full-fledged bush.
Double Play is considered a frost-resistant plant. Varieties Big Beng and the Artist are able to withstand frosts down to -30 ° C, however, provided that in the growing area there is high snow cover. Otherwise, the bushes spud, cover the area around the trunk with dry foliage or sawdust, and the stems themselves are covered with spruce branches or spongebond.
So, the above subspecies of the Double Play Japanese Spirea variety confirm the opinion that these plants, due to their appearance, are ideal for decorating landscapes, both in group compositions and in individual ones. And the unpretentiousness of the bush and its resistance to diseases make its advantages obvious.