Diabolo® ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo'

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Diabolo® ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo')
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Genus:  Physocarpus

With its upright, arching branches and dark chocolate to purple foliage, Diabolo® ninebark offers a color contrast with silver-leaved plants and makes a fine backdrop hedge. Clusters of button-like, pinkish white flowers appear in summer. Even when they fade to a tawny tone, they stand out nicely against the dark leaves. -Chris McKernan, Regional Picks: Lower Plains, Fine Gardening issue #120

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Dark foliage; interesting bark.

Care: 

Provide full sun to part shade and rich, moist, well-drained, acidic soil.

Propagation: 

Start new plants from greenwood cuttings in summer, or remove rooted suckers in spring or fall. Alternatively, sow seed in containers outdoors in spring or fall.

Problems: 

Nothing serious. When grown in partial shade or with excessive heat, the foliage may turn dark green.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Bees,
Interesting Bark,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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