Physocarpus Shrubs

Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

This is a colourful range of deciduous shrubs all with maple like, three lobed leaves in various colours and contrasting delicate white flower heads in June, these develop into colourful red berries that stay in the shrubs until autumn. Physocarpus or Ninebarks are tough and hardy plants that look good in mixed borders where there colourful foliage display goes well with many other garden plants, especially other brightly coloured shrubs such as Euonymus, Berberis and Photinia. They are also a good plant for more difficult areas such as banks and dry soils being a low maintenance and drought tolerant shrub when well established. All of our Physocarpus shrubs are also good as informal hedging or screening plants and should be set at 3 plants per metre for best results.

Physocarpus or Ninebarks are deciduous shrubs, easy to grow and tough. they are suited to all soil types but do like good drainage. Because they tolerate a wide range of conditions this is a good shrub for more difficult areas such as banks or dry areas (once well established). They look great partnered with other colourful shrubs or mixed in a perennial border where the richly coloured foliage will fit with many colour schemes bringing interest and height to act as a foil for other smaller plants.

Physocarpus opulifolius may be grown as a beautifully coloured hedge, by planting 3 of our sturdy shrubs per metre the hedge should develop within a few seasons with just a little formative trimming to the sides, once the desired height is reached these low maintenance shrubs need a single trim after flowering in early Summer to keep them looking good.

How to grow Physocarpus

Position: Sun or partial shade
Foliage: Deciduous shrub, leaves fall in Autumn and are replaced with fresh new foliage in Spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.

Flowering time: June

Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread 150cm – 250 high x 150cm – 200cm wide.

Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Prune or trim after flowering in June.