Deciduous North American shrub
Description: White or pinkish clusters of flowers in late spring followed by reddish fruits in the fall; bark of older stems exfoliates into papery strips exposing a rich brown inner bark which is quite attractive.
Habit: Grows 5 to 10 feet in height and spreads 6 to 10 feet.
Culture: Adaptable to difficult situations, drought tolerant, and can grow in full sun or part shade. Renew by cutting to the ground in late winter. Easily transplanted.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 2 through 7
Origin: North America
Attributes: Attracts birds and bees, drought tolerant, winter interest
Eastern Ninebark grows from Quebec to Virginia, Tennessee, and Michigan. A member of the rose family, it resembles Spirea in character and forms a dense, fast-growing shrub for naturalistic shrub borders. Philadelphia nurserymen John Bartram and Bernard McMahon, and the Prince Nurseries on Long Island, each included this unusual native shrub in their plant lists around the turn of the 19th century.
This plant will ship bare root. Two year old seedling is 2' tall with 1-2 branches.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.