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Petite Plum Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'POIPD2'

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Petite Plum Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'POIPD2') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Petite Plum Ninebark flowers

Petite Plum Ninebark flowers

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Petite Plum Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'POIPD2') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Petite Plum Ninebark foliage

Petite Plum Ninebark foliage

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Eastern Ninebark


A compact mounded shrub with burgundy-plum leaves; features showy pink flowers followed by attractive seed pods; interesting peeling papery bark; extremely tough and durable, good for massing or general garden use

Ornamental Features

Petite Plum Ninebark features showy clusters of shell pink flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has burgundy deciduous foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The small serrated lobed leaves turn purple in fall. It produces red capsules from late summer to mid fall. The peeling tan bark and brick red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Petite Plum Ninebark is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Petite Plum Ninebark is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Petite Plum Ninebark will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Bark 
Ornamental Features