Ninebark is a tough, drought tolerant plant that can be used as a hedge, for erosion control or in a native plant garden. Its papery bark continually molts in thin strips.
Ninebark flowers are an excellent nectar source, and the fruits are eaten by many species of birds. Birds also like to use the dense cover for nesting.
Ninebark can be pruned after flowering, or older canes can be removed right down to the ground to control height. It’s easy to propagate from soft cuttings, and seed needs no pre-treatment.
var. intermedius – smaller and more dense, 4′ tall.
‘Nanus’ – similar to var. intermedius but smaller, 2′ tall
‘Dart’s Gold’ – dwarf, yellow-foliage, 5′ tall and wide, fades to green by summer in warm areas.
‘Nugget’ – similar to ‘Dart’s Gold’, more dense, 6′ tall and wide.
‘Monlo’ (Diabolo) – leaves emerge deep purple, fades to green or purple-green in hot, humid climates, pruned harshly each spring to promote large, highly-colored leaves.
‘Snowfall’ – green-leaved, more dense habit, 7′ tall and wider.
Atlantic Ninebark – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
Ninebark – Missouri Botanical Garden
Ninebark – University of Connecticut Plant Database
Three Cheers for Ninebark: Physocarpus opulifolius – Virginia Native Plant Society
Recommended for Wildlife by
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Dove & Woolridge
Robert H. Mohlenbrock, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester.
University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.