Ninebark is a cold hardy, tough, native shrub for mixed borders. Pinkish-white flower clusters in late spring, persistent seed capsules and exfoliating bark adds to the seasonal interest. Foliage of cultivars varies in size and color from purple to lime green.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Rose
- Family (botanic) Rosaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet), Small shrub (3-5 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7
- Soil preference Acid soil, Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Dry sites, Occasional drought, Occasional flooding, Road salt, Wet sites
- Season of interest midwinter, late winter, late spring, early summer, midsummer, late summer, early fall, mid fall, late fall
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Arching, Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Round
- Growth rate Moderate