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Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea

Spiraea media 'SMSMBK'

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Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea (Spiraea media 'SMSMBK') at Wasco Nursery

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea flowers

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea flowers

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Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea (Spiraea media 'SMSMBK') at Wasco Nursery

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea foliage

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Group/Class:  Double Play Series

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

This variety features steel blue-green foliage that turns red in fall; elegant clusters of white blooms cover this shrub in spring; a fantastic garden focal point, or as a low hedge

Ornamental Features

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea is smothered in stunning clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has steel blue-variegated deciduous bluish-green foliage with hints of lavender which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Double Play® Blue Kazoo® Spirea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features