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
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.