Information on the Ninebark Tree


The common ninebark tree (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a deciduous shrub that occurs along the edges of woodlands, near stream banks and on stony hillsides in the United States and Canada. Homeowners plant ninebark trees as hedges and screens.


  • Ninebark trees grow between 6 and 10 feet tall with an equal spread. They have reddish-brown exfoliating bark, 1- to 3-inch-long green leaves with three to five lobes, multiple stems and curved, spreading branches. They produce rounded clusters of pinkish-white blossoms late in the spring. Reddish seed capsules replace the blossoms.


  • Ninebark trees are hardy in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 8. They prefer full sunlight or partial shade and grow well in a variety of different soil types. They have few disease or insect problems.


  • Ninebark trees are available in several different cultivars. Snowfall, which grows around 7 feet tall, has particularly attractive foliage. Other cultivars include Dart's Gold, which grows around 5 feet tall and produces yellowish leaves, and Monlo, which produces deep purple foliage in cool climates.

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