Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer with fruit in autumn
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Physocarpus are bushy deciduous shrubs with dramatic foliage and clusters of small, creamy coloured flowers that produce a divine display within your summer garden. Physocarpus are also known as ‘Ninebark’. Bark from their thick branches peel away in narrow curling strips, each forming the number nine. Physocarpus are best suited to flower beds and borders or used as hedging within a cottage or informal garden setting. You should expect to see Physocarpus grow to an approximate height of 1.8m (6’) and a spread of 1.2m (4’).
Physocarpus are best planted in well-drained soil of clay, loam and sand within an acidic or neutral PH balance. Allow room for your shrub to spread out and develop to its fullest extent. Dig a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the container holding your plant and gently lower into place, making sure the crown is level with the soil that surrounds the planting area. Fill in around the roots and water well until they are fully established. Physocarpus are best suited to a position of full sun, although some varieties will tolerate part shade.
Once Physocarpus are fully established, they are relatively drought tolerant and will thrive with only occasional watering. However, watering should always increase during periods of drought. Apply a feed in the form of a balanced fertiliser during spring which should be sufficient throughout active growth. Pruning is not required and should only be undertaken to improve the overall shape and size of your shrub.
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