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PHYSOCARPUS opulifolius (DIABOLO®)

Image of Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' (DIABOLO®) PP11211

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

PHYSOCARPUS opulifolius 'Monlo'(DIABOLO®) PP11211

Plant Common Name

Diablo Ninebark, Ninebark

General Description

The Monrovia introduction Diablo® was bred in Germany by Gunter Kordes and Hans Schadendorf. It is a hardy and vigorous ninebark that was chosen for its rich dark purple leaves that turn red and bronze tones in fall. It also offers clusters of beautiful ivory flowers that contrast nicely with the leaves.

Ninebark is a hardy deciduous shrub with long-lasting flowers and fruits and exfoliating bark. This tough native of the eastern United States has an informal habit and slowly suckers. In the wild it exists along the fields and forest margins of uplands and lowlands.

The small maple-like lobed leaves of Diablo® are dark purple and turn shades of red and bronze in fall. In late spring or early summer it bears conspicuous clusters of small creamy flowers that are rosy pink in bud. The flowers are followed by small oval fruits that turn from green to red. After leaf fall its exfoliating brown bark takes center stage.

Ninebark is a durable shrub that accepts most acid to neutral soils, particularly those that are moist and fertile but well-drained. It flowers and develops its best habit in full sun but will tolerate partial sun. Over time ninebark will sucker and spread. Remove the old stems in early spring or prune it back to strong new shoots after flowering. Use this shrub to anchor a native garden or mixed border. It can also be planted in natural areas or roadsides.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No