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Physocarpus opulifolius

Ninebark

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Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

This handsome shrub is a Plants of Merit winner. In May and June, Ninebark blooms for an extended period with clusters of white to pinkish flowers resembling Bridalwreath Spirea. In fall, seed is formed in reddish drooping clusters which are enjoyed by birds. On mature stems, the bark provides additional winter interest when it peels away to reveal layers of reddish to light brown inner bark. The shrub's name comes from peeling bark strips that resemble the number '9'.

Additional Information:


Height
5-10 Feet

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Spread
6-10 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
White


USDA Hardiness Zone 2-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), River Birch (Betula nigra), Indian Cherry; Carolina Buckthorn (Rhamnus caroliniana)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW-

Nature Attracting

Butterfly
Beneficial Insects
Songbird

Season of Interest

Winter (Nov-Mar)
Early (Feb-Apr)
Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
High

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar
Food/Birds