Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a versatile shrub prized for its stunning, multi-layered bark that exfoliates in shades of red, orange, and brown throughout the year. This unique feature, coupled with its vibrant summer blooms and attractive foliage, makes it a standout addition to any landscape. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance shrub that offers year-round interest and visual intrigue, look no further than the ninebark.

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: 20-30 years
  • Canopy Size/Spread: 6-10 feet tall, with a similar spread depending on the variety.
  • Root Characteristics: Non-invasive, shallow, and fibrous root system that won’t threaten foundations.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate, around 1-2 feet per year.
  • Edible Characteristics: Not recommended for consumption.

Growing Conditions

  • Soil: Adapts well to most soils, but prefers well-drained loam.
  • Water: Requires regular watering, especially during the first year, but becomes more drought-tolerant once established.
  • Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade.
  • Hardiness Zone: USDA Zones 3-8

Blooming Beauty

  • Bloom Time: Mid to late spring
  • Bloom Duration: 2-3 weeks
  • Fragrance: Flowers have a faint, sweet fragrance.
  • Appearance: Clusters of small, white flowers in flat-topped clusters.

Interesting Facts

  • Ninebark offers attractive, lobed foliage that transitions to vibrant yellow or orange shades in fall.
  • It attracts pollinators like butterflies and bees to your garden.
  • Several varieties are available, offering different sizes, flower color variations (pinkish-white), and foliage types (variegated).
  • Specimen planting: Showcase a single ninebark as a focal point in a garden bed.
  • Hedge planting: Create a low-maintenance, flowering privacy hedge.
  • Foundation planting: Add color and texture alongside your home’s foundation.
  • Border planting: Frame walkways or borders with a vibrant display of flowers and foliage.

Interested In Adding This Unique Tree To Your Property?

Contact Edmonton Arborist and our expert tree planting team will bring and install your very own ANinebark!

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