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Little Devil Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Donna May' (PP#22,634)

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Little Devil Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Donna May' (PP#22,634)

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Ships week of 03/10/2024

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Botanical Name

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Donna May' (PP#22,634)

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun

The Little Devil™ Ninebark is a small deciduous shrub growing about 4 feet tall and wide. It has dark, intense purple foliage from spring to fall, without any summer fading. It stays compact and bushy, so it’s ideal for the front of beds, covering slopes, planting in rough areas or making low hedges and borders. It also has attractive pink flowers in spring, followed by clusters of purple inflated seed pods that decorate it in the winter months. A great plant for cold regions and difficult locations.

  • Best purple-leaf dwarf ninebark around
  • Strong purple colored leaves from spring to fall
  • Compact, densely-branched shrub less than 4 feet tall
  • Pink flowers and purple seed pods add interest and beauty
  • Very resistant to cold and adverse soil conditions

Full sun produces the best leaf coloring on the Little Devil™ Ninebark, but it grows in partial shade if it must. It is very cold-hardy, even in zone 3 and grows in warmer zones too, even zone 7. It grows in all imaginable soils, from gravels to clays and from wet to dry, surviving where very little else will – and looking great. It is usually ignored by pests, diseases and deer, with good resistance to powdery mildew in hotter zones, and it’s drought resistant, needing virtually no care once established. It can be trimmed if needed.