Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'ZLEYel2' PPAF

The perfect ninebark for smaller spaces and urban gardens, with a compact, dense, mounding habit that needs minimal pruning. Fine-textured, bright chartreuse foliage greets spring, quickly filling in to provide a lush backdrop for abundant white flowers in summer, followed by a stunning display of ornamental coral-red fruits. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationfy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasNinebark 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 make 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. An excellent choice for all native and wildlife gardens where seasonal changes and habitat are crucial. This variety is compact enough to fit in today's smaller gardens and urban outdoor spaces, holding its dense habit and compact shape without any heavy pruning. A showy and versatile addition to any landscape, and ideal for planting in mass in larger spaces.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Dense Habit, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsFountain Grass (Pennisetum); Spirea (Spiraea); Boxwood (Buxus); Blue Spruce (Picea); Weigela (Weigela)

Thrives 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-7

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