Prairie Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)


Prairie Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a deciduous shrub native to North America, known for its attractive peeling bark, white to pinkish flowers in late spring, and distinctive lobed leaves that turn vibrant colors in the fall. It is often used in landscaping for erosion control and as an ornamental plant due to its hardiness and aesthetic appeal.

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Prairie Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a beautiful and versatile native shrub for landscapes in North America. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Growth Habit: It’s a deciduous shrub growing 6 to 10 feet tall and wide, with arching branches that create a mounded shape.
  • Flowers and Foliage: Clusters of white flowers bloom in June or July, resembling spirea blossoms. The leaves are green in summer, turning yellow in fall.
  • Bark: The most striking feature is its namesake bark. Mature stems have papery bark that peels away in reddish-brown strips, revealing a layer of inner bark. This provides winter interest in the landscape.
  • Benefits: A low-maintenance plant, it tolerates a variety of sun exposures and soil conditions. It attracts birds with its berries and provides year-round interest with its flowers, foliage, and winter bark.
  • Use: This adaptable shrub is a great choice for borders, hedges, or foundation plantings. It can also be used in naturalized landscapes to support native wildlife.

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