Physocarpus opulifolius

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Plant Specifics

Size:to 6 ft tall by to 4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in early spring.
Noted for:Interesting bark, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. It can be pruned into a hedge.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to highly calcareous (adaptable)



Mining bees are known to be frequent pollinators of ninebark flowers.  Both short and long-tongued bees can access the nectar.

Native Habitats:Seep stream (banks). Further north, it also occurs along lake edges.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This plant is rare in Florida. It is much more common further north where it is absolutely spectacular in early spring.