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‘Nugget’ ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Nugget’

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The yellow to lime green foliage of ‘Nugget’ ninebark makes an interesting contrast with the exfoliating, cinnamon-colored bark. Clusters of white flowers appear along the stems in early summer, followed by dark brown seed capsules, which add winter interest. Unsheared, the plant has a vase-shaped growth habit. -David Graper, Regional Reports: Upper Plains, Fine Gardening issue #122

Noteworthy CharacteristicsVibrant yellow-green foliage.

CareLikes full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Shear to shape, if you like.

Propagation From cuttings.

Problems Leaf spot, powdery mildew, fireblight.

  • Genus : Physocarpus
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. knoxsiwash 05/26/2016

    Foliage is lime green, as stated in the text, not burgundy, as stated in the overview.

    1. user-7008378 02/27/2017

      Replica of Dart's Gold?

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