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Common Ninebark

Category:

A wide, larger sized shrub with large leaves; features masses of attractive white flowers followed by colorful reddish fruit, and interesting peeling papery bark for winter effect; extremely tough and durable, use in massing or for screening

Characteristics

Species:
opulifolius
Other Species Names:
Eastern Ninebark
Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Genus:
Physocarpus
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
copper
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Common Ninebark features showy cymes of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has green deciduous foliage. The serrated lobed leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. It produces red capsules from early to mid fall. The peeling tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Common Ninebark is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Common Ninebark will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. 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 species is native to parts of North America.

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