Physocarpus opulifolius - Common Ninebark
Fast growing and rounded, this shrub is perfect for massing. In May and June clusters of white flowers appear with a touch of pink providing nectar and pollen for butterflies, native bees and other beneficial insects. Seedpods appear in September and October for native songbirds to feed upon.
- Spring bloom attracts native pollinators
- Songbirds, especially finches like to eat the seed
- Yellow fall color and attractive exfoliating bark
- Perfect grouped to form a colorful hedge
- Fats growing, disease and drought tolerant
Sunny, well-drained areas from Quebec into the Northeastern US, west into the Upper Midwest.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Songbird populations have dropped 70 percent in the last decade. Loss of native habitat has been a key factor in the decline making the use of a mix of native plants crucial for the living landscape.
This beauty grows well in wet to average, well-drained slightly acidic soil in full sun. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions, including sandy sites, heavy clay, and partial shade.