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Petite Plum Ninebark

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Petite Plum Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’)A compact mounded shrub with burgundy-plum leaves; features showy pink flowers followed by attractive seed pods; interesting peeling papery bark; extremely tough and durable, good for massing or general garden use

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Physocarpus
Species:
opulifolius
Cultivar:
POIPD2
Flower Color:
shell pink
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
burgundy
Fall Color:
purple
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Eastern Ninebark
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Petite Plum Ninebark features showy clusters of shell pink flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring that fade to white over time. It has burgundy deciduous foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The small serrated lobed leaves turn purple in fall. It produces red capsules from late summer to mid fall. The peeling tan bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Petite Plum Ninebark is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Petite Plum Ninebark will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 is a selection of a native North American species.

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