Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo'Item #6393 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
The stunning deep purple foliage of this versatile shrub makes it a standout in the garden. Plant en masse to create a richly colored, dense hedge or screen. Profuse creamy white flower clusters adorn the foliage in summer. Foliage can become green in high heat or partial shade; tolerates moderate drought in cooler summer regions. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 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 growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, WaterwiseFoliage color:PurpleBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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 InformationThrives in average, slightly acidic, well-drained soils, but very adaptable. Best color in full sun; avoid extreme heat and humidity. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Fertilize 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:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- 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.
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