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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' (Diabolo® ninebark)

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' Photo/Illustration: Bill Johnson


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' fy-so-KAR-pus op-yew-lih-FOE-lee-us Common Name: Diabolo® ninebark 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.
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 Interesting Bark; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Hedge, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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