The newest ninebark member in my collection is Physocarpus ‘Amber Jubilee’, also known as Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Jefam’. ‘Amber Jubilee’ ninebark was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The queen took part in the ceremonial planting of this new shrub while visiting Winnipeg.
It is beautiful, and as amber, golden, glowing and colorful as the name suggests. It is the seedling of the cross ‘Diabolo’ x ‘Dart’s Gold’ made by Rick Durand of Jeffries Nurseries in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada).
I was so pleased to find this and add it to our collection. It came in a two gallon pot and cost $38.00 in one of our local nurseries. The cost was a bit on the high side, but not enough to prevent me from buying it.
I’m really fond of ninebarks and the color they bring to the garden. Last year I wrote a post about ninebarks, here’s the link http://wp.me/p2kNeQ-aB since then we have added ‘summerwine’ and now Amberglow to the gardens.
When doing some internet research on this great new shrub, I found this great description of the foliage. : “According to this nursery the new ninebark offers a unique blend of foliage colors including new growth that takes on shades of yellow and orange in summer before turning purple in the fall. “Foliage on mature sections of the plant is lime-green. Amber Jubilee is distinct from purple-foliaged ninebarks such as ‘CenterGlow’, ‘Coppertina’ and ‘Summer Wine’. Its foliage is an improvement over long-time cultivar ‘Dart’s Gold’. ‘Amber Jubilee’ will be effective as a medium shrub in the landscape, whether massed or planted in small groupings.”
The common name: Amber Jubilee® Ninebark
True botanical Name: Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Jefam’
A member of the Rosaceae family
Light: full to partial sun
Hardy to: USDA Zone 2
Soils: adaptable to a wide variety of soil types
Growth Rate: A vigorous shrub reaching a mature height of 5-6’ (2 m) and a width of 4’ (1.5 m).
Pest and Disease: No specific problems. (In my yard- we have to protect them from the deer and elk who find them very tasty)
Propagation: Cuttings from established plants. Propagation by First Editions license only.
Landscape Value: Amber Jubilee® is distinct from purple-foliaged ninebarks such as Center Glow®, Coppertina® and Summer Wine®. Its foliage is an improvement over long-time cultivar Dart’s Gold. Amber Jubilee® will be effective as a medium shrub in the landscape, whether massed or planted in small groupings.