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Center Glow Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow' (PP# 16,894)

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Center Glow Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow' (PP# 16,894)

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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow' (PP# 16,894)

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The Center Glow Ninebark is a broad, arching deciduous shrub with dark red leaves that hold their color through all three seasons. New leaves have an attractive glowing center of golden yellow, before the leaf turns entirely red. In late spring pinkish-white flowers add brightness for several weeks, and in fall the curious inflated seed pods turn bright red, lasting into the winter months. Grow this plant for a splash of rich color that will never fade or darken, and use it for accents, shrub beds, hedges and on banks and slopes. Mix it with golden-leaf plants for a stunning color combination.

  • Spectacular arching shrub of red leaves all season
  • New leaves have a unique golden heart at their base
  • Pinkish-white flowers add interest in late spring
  • Clusters of seed pods turn red in fall
  • Very hardy and incredibly easy shrub to grow

Grow the Center Glow Ninebark in full sun for the best leaf colors. This tough plant thrives in all well-drained soils, including gravels and sands, and in tough urban soils too. It is drought resistant and reliable, growing vigorously and well anywhere from zone 3. It does not grow so well in the hottest parts of the south-east. It has no pests or diseases, and older plants can be pruned in spring to invigorate and renew them – no other work is needed.

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