Physocarpus opulifolius 'Centerglow' - Common Ninebark

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Butterfly FriendlyRain GardenPart ShadeBird 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 with 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 provide 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.

Interesting Facts

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 heavey 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: Part Shade

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