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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow' (Ninebark)

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Harold Pellett, the Landscape Plant Development Center


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow' fy-so-KAR-pus op-yew-lih-FOE-lee-us Common Name: Ninebark Genus: Physocarpus
This ninebark's new leaves unfurl a golden yellow and then mature to a rosy red-burgundy. Clusters of white blooms accompany the dramatic foliage in early summer, followed by bright red seedheads that fade to tan. 'Center Glow' is a fast grower and an ideal candidate for mixed borders or foundation plantings. It grows to 8 to 10 feet tall and almost as wide. In winter, the older stems have attractive peeling bark.
Noteworthy characteristics: 'Center Glow' exhibits colorful foliage, bright red seedheads, and fast growth.
Care: Provide full sun and well-drained soil.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Interesting Bark; Native; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Early Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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