Physocarpus opulifolius 'Centerglow' - Common Ninebark
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Centerglow' - Common Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Centerglow' - Common Ninebark

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Full SunPart ShadeButterfly FriendlyBird Friendly
Common Ninebark
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Centerglow'

A mix of toughness and beauty, this fast-growing, dense, rounded shrub will turn heads with leaves that emerge a stunning yellowish-green and darken to a reddish-purple. Flattened heads of small, white-tinged pink flowers offer an abundant nectar source for native insects in late spring and the seeds attract birds.

  • Pest free and can handle poor infertile soils
  • Changing, colorful foliage provides season-long interest
  • Exfoliating bark provides keen winter interest
  • Dense, rounded habit provides cover for birds
  • Impressive bloom is abundant and loaded with nectar

Native Range

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 moist to well-drained soil, but it is fairly adaptable even in sandy sites or heavy clay. Plant it in full sun to open or light shade. The more sun it receives the richer the foliage. Once established it will only need occasional watering during dry weather.


Mature Size: 7-8ft. Tall x 8-9ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 2-7

Sun Exposure: Full sun to Part shade

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