Physocarpus (Ninebark) FIZE-uh-kaar-puhs
An excellent native shrub for year-round interest, the arching branches of Common Ninebark give this shrub a full, mounded shape. Five petaled flowers appear in dense, spirea-like clusters in spring and give way to clusters of reddish-pink capsules. The clusters eventually turn brown and persist into the winter. The leaves are yellow in the fall. Named for its unusual bark which peels in strips to reveal several layers of reddish to light brown inner bark, Ninebark is a popular ‘winter interest’ shrub.
Physocarpus opulifolius makes an excellent hedge plant and provides good erosion control. Both short and long-tongued bees can access the flower nectar. Mining bees are known to be frequent pollinators of ninebark flowers.