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Physocarpus opulifolius - (L.)Maxim.

Common Name Ninebark, Common ninebark, Atlantic ninebark, Ninebark
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards Large medicinal doses can be toxic[257].
Habitats Banks of streams[222].
Range Central and Eastern N. America - Quebec to South Carolina, west to Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark, Common ninebark, Atlantic ninebark, Ninebark


Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark, Common ninebark, Atlantic ninebark, Ninebark

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Mid summer. Form: Oval.


Physical Characteristics

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Physocarpus opulifolius is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 4 m (13ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

P. stellatus. Spiraea opulifolia. Neillia opulifolia.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Emetic;  Infertility;  Laxative;  Women's complaints.

A tea made from the inner bark is laxative and emetic[222, 257]. It is used internally to treat women's complaints, gonorrhoea, TB and to enhance fertility[222, 257]. It is also used as a wash on scrofulous glands in the neck[257]. Some caution is advised, this herb is best used only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. See the notes above on toxicity.

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Foundation, Massing, Specimen. Prefers an acid soil, quickly becoming chlorotic when growing on shallow chalk[200]. Succeeds in a moist moderately fertile soil in full sun[200]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -25°c[200]. There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. Flowers are produced on the previous year's growth[11]. A useful plant for rough shrubberies where plants are more or less left to look after themselves[11]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Blooms are very showy.

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Propagation

Seed - we do not have any information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if possible in a cold frame. If sown in the spring it is likely to require a period of cold stratification. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division of suckers in the dormant season. Cuttings of greenwood, June in a closed frame[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

(L.)Maxim.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   Mon Nov 9 2009

P. opulifolius flowers are not called hermaphrodite, the are synoecious.

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