Physocarpus Diabolo®

Physocarpus Diabolo®

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Award-Winning Ninebark | Hardy to Zone 3
SKU 27886
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Key Characteristics

3 - 7

Mature Height

10 Feet

Mature Width

10 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy, Poor

Description / Physocarpus Diabolo®

Winner of the 2002 Gold Medal Plant Award, Diabolo® is an upright ninebark cultivar from Kordes Nursery in Germany that provides the garden with 3 seasons of interest. In late spring, this spreading deciduous shrub, closely related to genus Spiraea, blooms in spiraea-like clusters of small, spherical, pinkish white flower "buttons" on long arching canes of dark red-purple foliage, followed by reddish fruit. The foliage maintains its color during much of the growing season. The best purple color is in full sun, with the color becoming dark green in shade or hot summer temperatures. Mature branches are fairly concealed most of the year, but winter exposes their reddish to light brown exfoliating layers of bark, adding 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 8 to 10 feet tall and wide, but it can be pruned as desired immediately after blooming or cut close to the ground each winter to rejuvenate. 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

Companion Plants: Pennisetum, Spiraea, Buxus, Picea, Weigela

Product Details

Item Form Bareroot
Genus Physocarpus
Species opulifolius
Variety 'Monlo'
Product Classification Shrubs
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 7
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Bloom Color White
Bloom Season Start Mid Spring
Bloom Season End Late Spring
Foliage Color Burgundy, Purple, Red
Resistance Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant
Special Features Award Winner
Uses Beds, Border, Hedge
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
State Shipping Restrictions GU, PR, VI
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