Ninebark  – James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
Ninebark flowers - Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.orgNinebark twig and flowers - James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.orgNinebark flowers - Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.org

Ninebark – 12-24″ (2-0)

Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a small, mounding shrub that grows quickly and supports a variety of birds, moths and butterflies. Ninebark got its name from its peeling bark, which some have said has nine layers. The ability of ninebark to grow in harsh conditions makes it especially suitable for erosion control on banks.

SKU: NB-1224. Categories: , .

Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  12-24″
  • Seedling Age:  2-0
  • Mature Height:  5 – 8 feet
  • Mature Width:  4 – 6 feet
  • Soil Type:  Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Sandy
  • Moisture:  Dry, Moderate, Moist
  • Sun:  Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Medium, Fast

Key Characteristics of Ninebark

  • Whiteish pink flower clusters bloom June-July.
  • Ninebark has interesting peeling texture, from which ninebark gets its name.
  • Alternate deciduous leaves are 1 to 3 inches long.
  • Seeds appear in August-September and persist into winter.

Visitors Attracted to Ninebark

Help Control Invasives!

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

Ninebark makes a great alternative to invasive honeysuckle species (Lonicera spp.), which replace native plants in high quality natural areas, which in turn reduces critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures. Invasive honeysuckles in particular affect native ecosystems by throwing off the balance. While their flowers do provide nectar to birds and pollinating insects and the berries are food for birds and small mammals, the foliage is unpalatable to most native insects. Songbirds especially rely on insects to feed for their young to survive the growing season (click here for more info).