STUNNING BRONZE FOLIAGE – Ninebark ‘Coppertina’ and more…

STUNNING BRONZE FOLIAGE – Ninebark  ‘Coppertina’ 

A rainbow of colors, my favorite ninebark by far!  

Physocarpus opulifolious ‘Coppertina’ 



We grow five different ninebark varieties: the pacific northwest native ninebark, Diablo, Dart’s Gold, Centerglow and  Coppertina.  Coppertina is my favorite ninebark by far!  

A fairly new hybrid between Dart’s Gold and Diabolo displays an almost electric array of coppers in spring and turns to a rich red in summer.  It has light white to pink flowers on gently arching branches.  Blooms will grow on old wood in early summer.

Physocarpus  are deciduous shrubs that grow to between 6 ‘ to 8’ tall and almost as wide.  We prune ours to keep it bushy and well-shaped.  Ours grow in a range of ‘very wet’ to ‘sort of moist soils’.  They also grow best in semi sunny to sunny spots in our garden.  Physocarpus are very drought tolerant once they are established and said to be appropriate in zones 3-8. 

Why to add this plant to your garden: Incredible spring, summer and fall interest

How to Use this amazing shrub:

  • In the landscape groupings
  • As a mass planting
  • As a border plant with perennials and evergreens
  • For cut flowers and foliage
  • In large pots

‘Dawn’s Early Light’ hosta with ‘Coppertina’ Ninebark

The ninebarks in our yard have been of interest to the deer on occasion, however not consistently.   We don’t plant them out in the open any more.  They are against the house or in heavily planted areas that are less traveled by the deer and elk.

My personal tip:  We grow this next to a very yellow hosta ‘Dawn’s Early Light’ .  The  combination is stunning.

Photo Note: the top photo was taken with my iphone 6-8-2012,  the second photo was taken later in the summer in 2010.   The coppertina’s color is very vibrant with more reds in the late spring and early summer. 

Hope you can find a place in your garden for this really stunning shrub. 

About ourhomeinthewoods

I am a wife, mother and nana to an amazing little girl! My husband and I have been working on a huge DIY project for since 1999 and for the foreseeable future. A great house and garden on almost 10 acres in the beautiful, scenic Snoqualmie Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We are very enthusiastic amature gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. We also try to balance great results with great economy, or in other words, we love saving money. The more we save, the more we can spend on more great plants!
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