Diablo® Ninebark ( physocarpus opulifolius )

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Diablo® Ninebark

physocarpus opulifolius ' Monlo' P.P. #11,211

 

The deep purple foliage of this versatile shrub makes it a standout in the garden. A great dense hedge or screen. Profuse creamy-white flowers in summer. Foliage can become green in high heat or partial shade. 'Diabolo' is a purple-leaved ninebark cultivar. Like the species, it is an upright, spreading, somewhat coarse, deciduous shrub which is closely related to genus Spiraea. It typically grows 4-8' tall. Small pinkish-white, five-petaled flowers in dense, flat, rounded, 1-2" diameter, spirea-like clusters appear in late spring. Flowers give way to drooping clusters of reddish fruit. Ovate to rounded, usually 3-5 lobed leaves are dark purple. Purple foliage tends to green up in hot summer climates as the summer progresses. Ninebark is named for its exfoliating bark ( on mature branches ) which peels in strips to reveal several layers of reddish to light brown inner bark. Bark provides winter interest but is usually hidden by the foliage during the growing season.



Height : 4-8 Feet                  Width : 4-8 Feet

Exposure : Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness Zones : 3-7