Physocarpus opulifolius ‘N5′ PPAF’
Ninebarks are upright, spreading, vigorous, deciduous shrubs growing typically over 6’ tall. They are known for their exfoliating bark revealing several layers of red-brown bark providing appealing winter interest. They have large, pink flower clusters in late spring that precede a red fruit set. They feature light green, 3-5 lobed leaves with a yellow fall color. The Panther cultivar is known for its close-to-black foliage and stems as well as a compact form with improved winter tolerance. They tolerate a variety of soils and conditions, but prefer full sun with proper drainage. Prune immediately after blooming to keep desired size or cut back 1’ from the ground if needed. Used most often in borders, hedges, or screening.