• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 4-5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:fy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 4-5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Chartreuse
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic
    Design IdeasExceptional chartreuse foliage, great fall color and unique winter bark display makes it a good background plant for beds and borders. 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 PlantsCypress (Chamaecyparis); Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus); Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum); Clematis (Clematis); Spruce (Picea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Tolerates most soil types. Best color in full sun. Avoid extreme heat and humidity. Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Requires less water when established. Prune by one third in late winter. Fertilize in spring. Clip spent flowers after bloom.
    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 shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Native to North America, Dart's Gold Ninebark is the pollen parent of Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow'.
    Lore:
    The Latin name Physocarpus comes from the Greek words physo (bladder) and karpon (fruit) in reference to the red bladder-shaped fruits that appear after flowering. The common name of Ninebark comes from the appearance of the bark which is peels away in layers. 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.