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Nine Bark Live Stakes

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Nine bark Shrub - Physocarpus opulifoliu Live Stakes

 
 
The nine bark shrub is large bush used for ornamentation purposes. The shrub is so named because its bark has several different layers when it is peeled off. The leaves of the shrub form a dark green or reddish cascade of 3"-4" long lobed leaves. Its white or pink blossoms appear in clusters in late spring and eventually mature into a red fruit that feeds birds in the fall. It is related to the spirea, and that relationship is clearest in its blossoms and fruit, also known as umbels nd follicles respectively. While it comes in a variety of different cultivars, it generally ranges in height from 5' to 10' when mature with a spread of 6' to 8'. There are dwarf cultivars available that are only 3' to 4' tall with an equal spread. Either way it only takes a few years to each this size. 

The physocarpus belongs to the Rosaceae family, making it related to roses, cotoneasters, and the Prunus fruit trees. While its natural range is the eastern North American continent from northern Florida to the Dakotas and even parts of Canada with a preference for stream banks and hillsides. This puts it firmly in the USDA hardiness zone 2 and down into zone 7, while it can survive in zones 8 and 9 if allowances are made for the heat. There is also a variety that is found from the Rocky Mountains and into Oregon and Washington. 

Fortunately, the nine bark shrub is easy to grow and serves a number of uses. The hardy shrub has few pest or disease problems, with an attractive appearance due to its cascading leaves and flowers. This makes it great for landscaping, specimen and foundation plantings, hedges, and erosion prevention, especially on slopes. Combined with the number of cultivars available and its resistance to drought, the nine bark can survive in a variety of environments, making it a favorite among landscapers.