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Diablo Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

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Diablo Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo') at Stein Gardens & Gifts

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo' flowers

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo' flowers

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Diablo Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo') at Stein Gardens & Gifts

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo' in bloom

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo' in bloom

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Diablo Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo') at Stein Gardens & Gifts

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo' bark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo' bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 8 feet

Spread: 8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 2

Other Names: Eastern Ninebark


A large spreading shrub with intensely purple leaves all season long, small white flowers followed by pretty reddish fruit which show well against the foliage, and interesting peeling papery bark; extremely tough and durable, makes a superb color accent

Ornamental Features:

Diablo Ninebark features showy clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The serrated lobed leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features abundant showy red capsules from early to mid fall. The peeling tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes:

Diablo Ninebark is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Diablo Ninebark is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Accent

Plant Characteristics:

Diablo Ninebark will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent Massing Screening Garden
Flowers Fruit Foliage Color Fall Color Bark
Ornamental Features

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