Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $8.00

Clusters of white to pinkish flowers resembling spirea bloom May-June. Birds eat the seed formed in reddish drooping fruit clusters in fall. The bark provides winter interest as it peels away in strips to reveal layers of reddish to light brown inner bark on mature stems.

Tolerates wide range of soil conditions but grows best in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil. Grows well in poor soil and tough conditions. Prune as needed immediately after bloom. Plants may be cut to the ground in winter to renew vigor.

Good nectar source for butterflies and other insects. Background plant in borders and native gardens. Mass in shrub border, hedgerow or screen. Use for erosion control on banks.

Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
USDA Map: phop
Plant Type: Deciduous Shrub
Height: 5 - 8 feet
Spread: 4 - 6 feet
Bloom Time:  May to June
Color: White or Pink
Fall Color: Yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Season of Interest: May to June
Soil Moisture: Moderate/High
Wildlife Benefit: Cover, Nesting
Nature Attracting: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators, Beneficial Insects
Special Usage: Rain Garden
Special Feature: Interesting Bark
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Maintenance: Medium