Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: White
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

5 to
10
feet

Spread:

6 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 5 to
10
feet
Spread: 6 to
10
feet
Size
Height: 5 to
10
feet
Spread: 6 to
10
feet
Typical Landscape Use
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.
Establishment and Care Instructions
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.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Rainscaping, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

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.

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