Ninebark have always been a great choice for the landscape but one of the newer varieties, the Amber Jubilee Ninebark, is a really standout among other flowering shrubs.
What's a Ninebark Shrub?
The ninebark shrub, with the latin name, Physocarpus opulifolius, was named for it's interesting, exfoliating bark. It is native to North America and this particular cultivar is zoned for Zones 2-7. Ninebark love the sun and we recommend them as a full sun landscape shrub.
Using Ninebark in the Landscape
Ninebark is a great choice for many homeowners in Illinois. As noted above, it is a very tough plant and easy to grow in our climate. They do not require heavy pruning but you can do a renewal pruning every couple of years to promote new growth. We recommend pruning ninebark after they have bloomed, so you don't cut off next years blooms. However, the older bark has a lot of interest and those branches stand out in the winter.
Once ninebark are established, they are very drought tolerant.
However, the main reason our horticultural experts like ninebark is the array of color. They bloom in the spring, attracting pollinators and adding color to the landscape. The foliage has an unusual shape and depending on the color, can change throughout the growing season. The Summer Wine, Coppertina, Little Devil (featured in the image to the right), Center Glow, and Tiny Wine are all cultivars of ninebark we will typically carry at our Garden Center,
The Amber Jubilee Ninebark is a great example of a hardy landscape shrub that brings a large variety of color and interest throughout the season.
The Amber Jubilee Ninebark
What's to love about this cold tolerant shrub? This variety is primarily known for it's color, which changes dramatically throughout the growing season. In the spring, it pops with bronze, gold and yellow foliage which deepens over the summer to a luscious green. You will also enjoy the white bloom in the spring. Finally, in the fall the lighter hues deepen into a truly dramatic shade of deep red and purple.
You can learn more about flowering ninebark shrubs here.