Physocarpus Capitatus. Pacific Ninebark.

Physocarpus capitatus. Pacific ninebark.

Physocarpus capitatus, commonly known as Pacific ninebark, is a captivating and hardy shrub native to the western regions of North America, mainly thriving along the coastal areas from California to British Columbia. This resilient deciduous plant is renowned for its striking appearance and adaptability, making it a favorite among garden enthusiasts and landscape designers. The name “ninebark” derives from its unique bark, which exfoliates in thin layers, revealing a stunning, multicolored inner bark that peels away in several layers, creating an enchanting visual effect. The leaves of the Pacific Ninebark are equally intriguing, showcasing a deep green color that transforms into brilliant shades of red, orange, and purple in the fall, adding a vibrant burst of color to any landscape.

Physocarpus capitatus typically reaches a height of 6 to 10 feet, with a similar spread, creating a bushy and robust presence in gardens and natural settings. In late spring to early summer, clusters of delicate, globe-shaped white or pale pink flowers emerge, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. The resulting fruits are small, dry capsules that resemble tiny apples, providing an additional layer of visual interest. Pacific Ninebark is known for its adaptability to various soil types and its tolerance to drought and wet conditions, making it a versatile and low-maintenance choice for landscaping. Whether used as a solitary specimen, a hedge, or in mixed shrub borders, this resilient and aesthetically pleasing shrub adds a touch of elegance and charm to any outdoor space while providing essential habitat for local wildlife.

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