Dart's Gold Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

Striking foliage color on a compact, mounded shrub. Large maple-like leaves emerge bright golden yellow in spring, age to lime green, then take on a golden hue with a bronze tint in fall. Small white flowers bloom in dense clusters, followed by small red fruit. Exfoliating bark on mature branches provides intriguing winter interest. Deciduous.
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Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance.

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Botanical Pronunciationfy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 4-5 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorChartreuse
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Hedge, Poolside, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Dramatic Foliage Color, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly in extreme heat for best performance.
Companion PlantsCypress (Chamaecyparis); Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus); Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum); Clematis (Clematis); Spruce (Picea)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-7

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