Physocarpus Diabolo®

Award-Winning Ninebark | Hardy to Zone 3
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Features to Note


3 - 7

Mature Height

10 Feet

Mature Width

10 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.


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


Genus: Physocarpus
Species: opulifolius
Variety: 'Monlo'
Item Form: Bareroot
Category: Shrubs
Bloom Season Start: Mid Spring
Bloom Season End: Late Spring
Bloom Color: White
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 3
USDA Zone High: 7
Uses: Beds, Border, Hedge
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, PR, VI
Discount Exempt: No



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