• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:fy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 17
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Flower color:White
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis is a beautiful native shrub that is ideal for the Pacific Northwest and other moist areas prone to acidic soils. Its great fall color and unique winter bark display makes it a good background plant for beds and borders. It's a natural as a single specimen for sunny spots of woodland or wild gardens. Excellent choice for all native and wildlife gardens where seasonal changes and habitat are crucial. A highly colorful and versatile addition to larger landscapes.
    Companion PlantsNinebark is a natural with other big, bushy natives that have a lot to offer besides ideal adaptation. Try it with these native shrubs in a well adapted wild or bird friendly garden: Carolina Allspice, Strawberry Bush, Laceleaf Staghorn Sumac and Red Flowering Currant. Add Berries Jubilee Flowering Woodbine and Pamela Jackman Alpine Clematis as climbers and a grove of white barked River Birch to complete the setting.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Blooms on old wood.Pruning time: late spring to summer, after flowering..
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' was discovered in June, 1986 in Ellerbek, Kchleswig-Holstein, near Hamburg, Germany by Kordes Gunter and Hans Schadendorf. Among a field of 120,000 other seedlings, this particular plant was noted for its remarkable red foliage in contrast to the large field planting of all typically green foliaged plants. The new plant was reproduced by cuttings at Kordes Jungpflanzen in Germany and subsequently at Monrovia Nursery in Azusa California. Monrovia introduced this cultivated variety as Diabolo® Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo') in 1999. The plant was assigned by the breeders to Monrovia Nursery, and U.S. Patent #11,211 was issued on February 8, 2000.
    The common name of Ninebark comes from the appearance of the bark which is peels away in layers. Native to North America. The inner bark was brewed into a pain reliever and remedy for many other maladies by Native American tribes within this plant's range. Roots were sometimes steam cooked and eaten and plants were used as charms to cause bad luck.