Lemon Candy™ Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Podaras 3' PP #22,362

Tangy chartreuse foliage contrasts deep red stems on this stunning compact shrub, sweetly accented with a dusting of white flower clusters. Compact and easy to grow, requiring little pruning or care. Useful accent for a border or low hedge or massed in a low maintenance landscape. Deciduous.
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Full sun

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 MaturityReaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorChartreuse
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact, Rounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly in extreme heat for best performance.
Companion PlantsCypress (Chamaecyparis); Boxwood (Buxus); Clematis (Clematis); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); 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: 2-7

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 5

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