Red Baron Ninebark
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Red Baron'
Red Baron Ninebark
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Height: 8 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Eastern Ninebark
A beautiful upright shrub with emerging dark red foliage that matures to deep burgundy-black; pink-white flowers followed by subtle reddish fruit; interesting peeling papery bark; extremely tough and durable, good for massing or general garden use
Red Baron Ninebark features showy clusters of white flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches in late spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has burgundy foliage throughout the season. The serrated lobed leaves turn purple in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Red Baron Ninebark is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Red Baron Ninebark is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Red Baron Ninebark will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.