Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' Plant Patent #11,211Item #6393 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 7
The stunning deep purple foliage of this versatile shrub makes it a standout in the garden. A great dense hedge or screen. Profuse creamy-white flowers in summer. Foliage can become green in high heat or partial shade. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower, reaching 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:fy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-usPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 17Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower, reaching 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:PurpleBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersPatent 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 PlantsFountain Grass (Pennisetum); Spirea (Spiraea); Boxwood (Buxus); Blue Spruce (Picea); Weigela (Weigela)
- CareCare InformationEasy to grow in average, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Best in full sun in cool climates; part shade in hot southern areas. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates drought, once established. Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring. Blooms on old wood. Prune after flowering to maintain shape.Pruning time: late spring to summer, after flowering..Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore: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.