Physocarpus 'Dart's Gold'

Cold Hardy to Zone 3
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Features to Note


3 - 7

Mature Height

5 Feet

Mature Width

5 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy, Poor

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
3 - 7
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


The pollen parent of P. opulifolius 'Center Glow', 'Dart's Gold' is a highly colorful, compact, mounded ninebark cultivar that provides the garden with 3 seasons of interest. This spreading deciduous shrub, closely related to genus Spiraea, blooms in spiraea-like clusters of small, spherical, pink-tinged white flower "buttons" set against maple-like bright golden yellow leaves in late spring. The foliage matures to chartreuse by midsummer, gradually turning yellow with bronze tinting in fall. Fairly concealed most of the year, the reddish to light brown exfoliating layers of bark on mature branches add winter interest.

The bush is drought resistant, grows in a wide range of soils, including shallow rocky soil, and is a good choice for areas of erosion. Its mature size is approximately 4 to 5 feet tall and wide, but it can be pruned as desired immediately after blooming or cut close to the ground in winter for rejuvenation. Cold hardy to Zone 3, the plant is marginal in the hot and humid climates of the deep South.

Uses: Shrub Borders, Mass Plantings, Hedges, Screens, Native Gardens, Erosion Control


Genus: Physocarpus
Species: opulifolius
Variety: 'Dart's Gold'
Item Form: Bareroot
Category: Shrubs
Bloom Season Start: Late Spring
Bloom Season End: Early Summer
Bloom Color: Pink, White
Habit: Compact
USDA Zone Low: 3
USDA Zone High: 7
Uses: Border, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Specimen
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, PR, VI
Discount Exempt: No



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