Physocarpus opulifolius Common Ninebark  Atlantic Ninebark plants
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Physocarpus opulifolius Common Ninebark photo by cj Habitat Bloom Period Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Life Span
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Lt Shade
May June White 60 to 84 Inches average to moist 30 to 84 Inches


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Physocarpus opulifolius seed
Common Ninebark seed

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -  $2.50 + shipping


42 sq ft

1 ounce - ---------


1,700 sq ft

1 pound ----------


27,200 sq ft

Seed shipping chart at bottom of page
Physocarphus opulifolius, Common Ninebark is a large attractive shrub covered with 2 inch clusters of small white flowers in May and June and attractive seed pods later in the summer.  The foliage turns yellow-green in the Fall and its peeling bark adds interest in winter.  Plant in humus rich, well drained soil and full sun.  The flowers are a good nectar source for butterflies and the seeds are eaten by several bird species.  A very attractive ornamental plant throughout the season from spring through winter.  Atlantic Ninebark flowers are an excellent nectar source and the seeds are eaten by several species of birds.

Physocarphus opulifolius, Common Ninebark or Atlantic Ninebark occurs naturally on gravel bars, rocky banks, and bluffs along streams from New York to Minnesota and Colorado, south to Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  Zones 3-9, Rosaceae (Rose Family)

The information below complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Atlantic ninebark is cultivated in the US and in Europe for its foliage, clusters of white flowers in the spring, and red fruits in the autumn.  Flowers of Atlantic ninebark are an excellent nectar source, and the fruits are eaten by many species of birds.

Atlantic ninebark can be propagated from cuttings or seeds, which germinate without pre-treatment.  It transplants readily and apparently grows easily over a range of light, moisture, and acidity.  The plants are found on moist soils in thickets, along streams in sand or gravel bars, and on rocky slopes and bluffs.  Dirr (1997) observes that “the species is adaptable to all conditions

General: Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Native shrubs growing 1-3 meters tall, sometimes tree-like, with wide-spreading, recurved branches, the twigs brown to yellowish, glabrous; bark brown to orangish, peeling into thin strips or broader sheets on larger trunks.  Leaves are deciduous, alternate, simple, ovate to obovate or nearly round, 3-12 cm long, with 3(-5) shallow, palmate-veined lobes, basally truncate or cuneate, on petioles 1-3 cm long, glabrous above and mostly so beneath but sometimes with a sparse covering of stellate hairs beneath, with crenate or dentate margins.  Inflorescence of numerous flowers found in rounded clusters 2.5-5 cm wide; flowers 7-10 mm wide, calyx cup-shaped, glabrous or with stellate hairs, 5-lobed; petals 5, white or pinkish; styles 5; stamens 30-40.  Fruit is compressed but inflated, ovoid, 8-12 mm long, shiny, red at maturity, glabrous or hairy, with papery but firm walls, splitting along two sides, in clusters of (2-)3-5 per flower; seeds 2-4.  The common name comes from the bark, which continually molts in thin strips, each time exposing a new layer of bark, as if it had “nine lives.”  This species flowers in May-July and fruits in May-July. 

Variation within the species: two varieties are sometimes recognized within the species.  Var. intermedius (Rydb.) B.L. Robins. has fruits that are persistently covered with stellate hairs, while var. opulifolius has glabrous fruits.  Var. intermedius is the more western form, occurring from New York, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas to the westernmost localities for the species.  Var. opulifolius is broadly distributed in the east, to Minnesota and Iowa, and in Canada from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to Manitoba.  Intergradation in the fruit character makes it difficult to discern clear distributional boundaries.


Atlantic ninebark occurs widely in eastern North America, in Canada from Manitoba to the easternmost provinces, and in the US from Minnesota to Arkansas (with outlying occurrences in Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota to Oklahoma) and eastward to the Atlantic states.  It has not been recorded from Texas, Louisiana, or Mississippi. 

The map below shows areas where Physocarpus opulifolius Atlantic Ninebark shrubs grow wild, it is hardy over a much wider area if planted.  Plant in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 9.

Physocarpus opulifolius
Atlantic Ninebark


New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

State Distributional Map for Physocarpus opulifolius, ninebark wild flower seed

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 Atlantic Ninebark  flower SEEDS

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Physocarphus opulifolius Common
Ninebark potted plants

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 $7.50 shipping

over $100.00    =    7.5 % of subtotal


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Physocarphus opulifolius, Common Atlantic Ninebark Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.