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Few shrubs are easier to grow than ninebark. This North American native tolerates an array of weather conditions and is largely left alone by animal pests. Plus, its peeling bark creates winter interest. Newer selections bear foliage in bold shades of purple and gold.
Ninebark is a fast grower and makes an excellent large, informal hedge. It may suffer from powdery mildew, especially during extended periods of wet weather but is otherwise virtually carefree.
Part Sun, Sun
8 to 20 feet
To 15 feet wide
more varieties for Ninebark
Center Glow ninebark
(Physocarpus 'Center Glow') bears purple foliage that has a golden-yellow center when it's young. It grows 8 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-7
(Physocarpus 'Coppertina') shows off coppery-purple new growth that matures to purple red. It grows 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 3-7
Dart's Gold ninebark
(Physocarpus 'Dart's Gold') offers bright golden-yellow foliage and white flowers in early summer. It grows 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 3-7.
(Physocarpus 'Diabolo') features rich burgundy-purple foliage and white flowers. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-7
Little Devil ninebark
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Donna May' is an outstanding dwarf selection that displays rich burgundy-purple leaves with white flowers in early summer. It grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-7
Summer Wine ninebark
(Physocarpus 'Summer Wine') is a compact purple-leaf selection that grows 5-6 feet tall and wide. Zones 3-7