Physocarpus opulifolius
Atlantic Ninebark

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Butterfly FriendlyPart Shade
Atlantic Ninebark
Physocarpus opulifolius

Atlantic ninebark is fast-growing shrub for borders or screens and is great for massing. In May and June the white flowers appear with a touch of pink. They provide nectar and pollen for butterflies, native bees and other beneficial insects. The reddish seedpods appear in September and October adding another season of interest. Many birds enjoy the seed and also find shelter and nesting in the dense branches. Good yellow fall color. An easy to grow shrub that will tolerate both wet and dry sites. It responds well to pruning, even hard cut backs.

Spring flowers provide nectar and pollen for butterflies and native bees
Songbirds, especially finches like to eat the seed
Yellow fall color and attractive exfoliating bark
Fast growing, insect and disease resistant, and drought-tolerant
It’s an attractive, low maintenance plant that benefits our environment
A great alternative to invasive barberry (Berberis)

Native Range

Found near stream banks, rocky hillsides and woodland edges.

Interesting Facts

The old bark on branches will peel in layers or strips, hence the common name "Ninebark". Young stems are green, older stems turn a darker reddish-brown. Adds winter interest.


This beauty grows well in moist to well-drained soil, but it is adaptable to sandy sites and heavey clay. Plant it in full sun to light shade. Once established it will only need occasional watering during dry weather. May be cut back hard in early spring to control size.

Mature Size: 5-10ft. Tall x 5-10ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 2-6

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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