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Plant Details

Physocarpus opulifolius

Ninebark, Atlantic Ninebark, Common Ninebark

Scientific Name:

Physocarpus opulifolius

Common Name:

Ninebark, Atlantic Ninebark, Common Ninebark

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

white to pink

Size in Feet:

10 ft 0 in

Light:

Sun, Part-shade

Soil Moisture:

mesic, tolerates medium to dry soil in cultivation(*)

Bloom Time:

May - July

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Physocarpus opulifolius var. intermedius: Limestone river bluffs, mesic hammocks, streambanks; rock outcrops; rare in NC Piedmont. Physocarpus opulifolius var. opulifolius (Eastern Ninebark): Stream banks, riverside thickets and scour prairies, rock outcrops, cliffs, fens, seepage swamps, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Ninebark by a stream in the mountains

Ninebark is a tough, sprawling shrub with pretty white to pink flowers and peeling bark. There are several cultivars and it performs well in shrub borders and gardens, adding late-season bloom.

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C Paynter, August 2010

Flowers

Ninebark flowers with a Tiger Swallowtail

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C Paynter, June 15, 2011

Close-up of Flowers

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Leaves

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Peeling bark

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Fruit

They dry fruits (follicles) split along one seam to show the reddish seeds inside.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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