Diablo Ninebark Shrubs Diabolo Ninebark deep purple leaves of the Physocarpus flowering shrub
Diablo Ninebark Shrubs Diabolo Ninebark deep purple leaves of the Physocarpus flowering shrub

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Diablo Ninebark Shrubs

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo'

Diablo Ninebark is known for its stunning, deep purple leaves that really make it a standout in the landscape. Plant in rows to create a dark-colored, dense hedge or screen. Creamy white flower clusters contrast well with the dark foliage in the summer. Tolerates drought once established .

Growzone: 3-7

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Dormancy Notice: This plant, like many others, enters dormancy or semi-dormancy in the late fall through early spring. *THIS PLANT IS NOT DEAD. It is completely healthy but upon receiving the plant, you may notice it exhibits fewer leaves, discoloration, or complete leaf drop. This is normal and essential to the plant's health. In fact, planting during dormancy promotes root growth, giving your plant a better start for spring, when new foliage will begin to grow.

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Physocarpus Diablo Ninebark Shrubs are a purple-leaved ninebark cultivar. It is an upright, deciduous North American Native shrub.

About Your Diablo Ninebark Shrubs

Physocarpus Diablo is a purple-leaved flowering ninebark cultivar. It is an upright, spreading, somewhat coarse, deciduous shrub which is closely related to genus Spiraea. It typically grows 4-8' tall. Small pinkish-white, five-petaled flowers in dense, flat, rounded, 1-2" diameter. Flowers appear in late spring and give way to drooping clusters of reddish fruit . Leaves are dark purple. Purple foliage tends to green up in hot summer climates as the summer progresses. The species is native to Missouri. Ninebark is named for its exfoliating bark which peels in strips to reveal several layers of reddish to light brown inner bark.


Growing Zone: 3-7
Mature Height: 4 to 8 feet
Mature Width: 4 to 8 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous shrub, Late Spring to Summer flowering
Sunlight: Full Sun to part sun
Habit: Upright, spreading, densely branched
Flower Color: Pinkish White flowers in summer turning to reddish fruit.
Foliage: Purple to shades of Dark Green
Pruning Season: Late Winter to Early spring, promotes increased branching and more flowers.
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established.
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting. Provides nectar sources for pollinators. Great winter interest due to the peeling bark.
This Plants Growzone: 3-7 Diablo Ninebark Shrubs Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Diablo Ninebark Shrubs

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Physocarpus Diablo Ninebark Shrubs that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Diablo Ninebark because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Ninebark Shrubs spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally-occurring, beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener's best friend and can help guarantee your success.


Additional Information

History and introduction of Physocarpus Diablo:

Physocarpus Diablo was discovered in June, 1986 in Ellerbek, Kchleswig-Holstein, near Hamburg, Germany by Kordes Gunter and Hans Schadendorf. Among a field of 120,000 other seedlings, this particular plant was noted for its remarkable red foliage in contrast to the large field planting of all typically green foliaged plants. The new plant was reproduced by cuttings at Kordes Jungpflanzen in Germany and subsequently at Monrovia Nursery in Azusa California. The common name of Ninebark comes from the appearance of the bark which is peels away in layers. The inner bark was brewed into a pain reliever and remedy for many other maladies by Native American tribes within this plant's range. The roots of Diablo Ninebark Shrubs were sometimes steam cooked and eaten and plants were used as charms to cause bad luck.


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