Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Atlanta Ninebark, Ninebark
Ninebark is a hardy deciduous shrub with long-lasting flowers and fruits and exfoliating bark. This native of the eastern United States suckers and has an irregular habit and informal look but tough constitution. In the wild it exists along the fields and forest margins of uplands and lowlands.
The small lobed leaves of ninebark are typically dark green and turn shades of yellow and bronze in fall. In late spring or early summer it bears conspicuous clusters of small white or pale pink flowers, which are attractive to many insect pollinators. 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.
Many cultivars have colorful foliage. Several wonderful yellow-foliaged forms exist, including 'Luteus' and 'Dart's Gold.' The purple-leaved selections 'Seward' and 'Monlo' are also lovely and develop red-hued fall foliage.
10 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m
6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, Canada
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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