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Fireside® Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Fireside'

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Fireside Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Fireside') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Fireside® Ninebark

Fireside® Ninebark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fireside Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Fireside') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Fireside® Ninebark flowers

Fireside® Ninebark flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Eastern Ninebark

Brand:  First Editions


A upright, rounded shrub with stunning foliage; copper new growth matures to deep burgundy-black, then deep purple in fall; pinkish-white flower clusters in spring; interesting peeling papery bark; extremely durable, a superb color accent

Ornamental Features

Fireside® Ninebark features showy clusters of white flowers with shell pink overtones at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has attractive burgundy foliage with hints of black which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The serrated lobed leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The peeling tan bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Fireside® Ninebark is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fireside® Ninebark is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fireside® Ninebark will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features