• USDA Zones 2 to 8 (Find Your Zone)
  • Light Shade to Full Sun
  • 5-8 ft. Tall, 6-8 ft. Wide
  • Blooms May – June
  • Attracts Bees and Butterflies
  • Tolerates Drought


Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, is an upright, spreading, somewhat coarse, deciduous native shrub. In its native habitat it occurs along streams, rocky banks, gravel bars and in moist thickets. It does well in full sun but appreciates some shade in its southernmost climates. The common name comes from its showy exfoliating bark which is best displayed in winter, having numerous bark layers, said to be 9 thick. Growing 5-9′ tall, it features small pink or white, five-petaled flowers appearing in dense, flat, rounded, 1-2 diameter, spirea-like clusters in late spring and early summer, May-June. Flowers give way to drooping clusters of reddish fruit which are preferred by songbirds.

Photo: Dan Mullen, North Carolina Plant Toolbox

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