Physocarpus opulifolius 'Minall2' ALL BLACK®

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Minall2'
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Minall2' ALL BLACK®
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES burgundy red
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS tolerates (but does not demand) wet ground
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Hedging plants
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Ninebark is a low-maintenance, deciduous shrub, available in several varieties offering several leaf colours and habits. In the new millennium there has been a number of new selections found as natural mutations or crossings which enriched the range of these popular plants.

Dark leaves on ornamental shrubs as well as perennials are sought after for the contrast they can create with nearby plants with leaves of lighter colours. In horticulture you may have heard of ‚dramatic foliage‘ or plants ‚offering a drama‘ which simply means that these plants play a significant role in splitting a uniform green landscape into sections which are then more attractive to look at. Like using commas in a long sentence… (my bad). ALL BLACK® ninebark is a fantastic ninebark variety offering perhaps the darkest foliage so far. It was bred by Patrick Pineau from the renowned French nursery Minier – Hortival Diffusion in 2008. Granted patents: PP29892 (USA – 2018), 46759 (Europe – 2017) a 5829 (Canada – 2019).

ALL BLACK® ninebark is a showstopper. Its leaves are deep maroon, almost black, yet they show a brilliant tone of garnet red at the tips of the branches where new leaves emerge throughout the growing season. They are deciduous, 3-lobed, serrated at margins, and turn deep orange, golden yellow, and red in autumn. In late spring appear numerous small corymbs composed of pink, melliferous flowers that are soon followed by bright red fruit that lasts for several months.

In autumn the shrub shows another handsome feature which gave this plant its name ninebark: peeling bark on older stems. It looks especially attractive on a sunny winter day against a background of fresh snow. ALL BLACK® ninebark grows moderately, some 30-40 cm per year, forming a well-branched shrub (already at its bottom parts) that makes it a great choice for pots where the plant has to look beautiful top to toe. Ultimate size is between 1.5 and 2 meters tall and a little less wide. Thanks to compact habit and dense growth it is also used for informal hedges.

Ninebarks are so easy to grow. They take any soil, pH and location. The root system is so sturdy it can easily grow through heavy clay that will provide nutrients for a fantastic plant. Location in full sun will enhance the leaf colour. Pruning is not necessary as it branches well but you can cut it in any manner from late winter until early summer. Fully hardy to about -40°C (USDA zone 3), and suitable for outdoor pots.

Last update 27-09-2021

Physocarpus opulifolius
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Physocarpus opulifolius
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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