Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius 'Anny's Gold' (PBR)
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Anny's Gold', commonly known as Ninebark, is an ornamental shrub known for its striking foliage and decorative appeal throughout the year. This particular cultivar features leaves that are a vibrant golden-yellow, providing a bright and cheerful display. The foliage retains its luminous color throughout the growing season and may take on subtle hues of lime-green, especially in partial shade or as the season's progress. The Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' produces small clusters of white or pale pink flowers that bloom in spring or early summer, adding a delicate contrast against the golden leaves. These blossoms may give way to small red fruits as the season advances. The plant's bark is another point of interest; it exfoliates in strips to reveal layers of reddish to light brown bark underneath, creating a peeling effect that adds winter interest to the shrub. The overall appearance of Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is of a rounded shrub with arching branches, offering a lush and full visual impact in the landscape. Its golden leaves, coupled with its exfoliating bark and charming flowers, enable it to stand out as a specimen plant in garden beds or as part of a mixed border. The plant can exhibit a dense and bushy growth habit, contributing to its popularity among gardeners and landscapers looking for a reliable and attractive shrub to enhance their outdoor spaces.
About this plant
Ninebark, Atlantic Ninebark, Eastern Ninebark, Common Ninebark.
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Anny's Gold' (PBR).
Ninebark, including the cultivar Physocarpus opulifolius 'Anny's Gold', is generally recognized as non-toxic to humans. There is no widely reported toxicity or known symptoms associated with ingesting parts of this shrub, and it is not commonly listed among poisonous plants. However, as with many plants, individual sensitivities can occur, so it is always good practice to avoid ingesting plant material that is not intended for human consumption.
Ninebark, like the 'Anny's Gold' variety, is generally not considered toxic to pets, such as dogs or cats. It does not appear on common toxic plant lists provided by organizations such as the ASPCA. Therefore, if a pet were to ingest parts of a ninebark plant, there is no specific poisoning or symptoms typically expected to occur. Nevertheless, it is still advisable to prevent pets from eating ornamental plants since individual sensitivities could cause mild stomach upset or other digestive issues.
Color of leaves
5 feet (1.5 meters)
5 feet (1.5 meters)
- General Benefits
- Ornamental Appeal - The Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is known for its striking golden foliage and clusters of white to pinkish flowers, making it an attractive addition to gardens and landscapes.
- Low Maintenance - It is a hardy plant that requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for those looking for low-maintenance gardening options.
- Drought Tolerance - Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' can tolerate periods of dryness, which is beneficial in areas prone to drought or for gardeners interested in water conservation.
- Seasonal Interest - The plant provides year-round visual interest with its spring blossoms, summer foliage, and peeling bark in the winter, adding aesthetic value throughout the seasons.
- Pest and Disease Resistance - It is generally resistant to many common pests and diseases, which reduces the need for chemical treatments.
- Wildlife Attraction - Its flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, while its seeds are a source of food for birds, enhancing local biodiversity.
- Erosion Control - With its extensive root system, Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is effective at stabilizing soil and preventing erosion on slopes.
- Adaptability - It adapts well to a variety of soil types and is tolerant of different pH levels, making it a versatile choice for various garden settings.
- Privacy Screen - When planted in groups or as a hedge, it can create a dense privacy screen or windbreak in landscaping, adding to its functional benefits.
- Native Plant Advantages - As a variety of a native species, it can thrive in local conditions and can be easier to integrate into regional ecosystems.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- As a natural dye: The bark and leaves of Ninebark can be used to produce a natural dye for fabrics, providing an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic dyes.
- Instruments crafting: The wood of Ninebark can be used to create small musical instruments or parts of them due to its hardness and fine grain.
- Erosion control: Ninebark can be planted on slopes or areas prone to erosion to help stabilize the soil with its root system.
- Support for climbing plants: Ninebark's sturdy branches can serve as natural support for vining plants or climbing roses in a garden setting.
- Photography: Its distinctive golden foliage offers a picturesque backdrop for photographers, particularly in autumn when the leaves change color.
- Decoy plant: Ninebark can be used to distract pests away from more valuable plants in the garden, acting as a sacrificial plant.
- Frost protection: When planted strategically, Ninebark can protect more vulnerable plants from frost by mitigating the cold with its dense foliage.
- Woodworking projects: Small woodworking projects like picture frames or jewelry boxes can be made using Ninebark wood for its unique texture.
- Seasonal decorations: Branches of Ninebark can be used in floral arrangements or as part of fall and winter decorations due to their interesting seed pods and exfoliating bark.
- Bird habitat: Ninebark shrubs provide a habitat for birds, offering shelter and nesting sites, as well as winter interest in the landscape.
- Feng Shui
The Ninebark is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The Ninebark is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Resilience: The ninebark, as it is commonly known, is a hardy shrub that can tolerate a wide variety of conditions, symbolizing the ability to endure and thrive despite challenges.
- Adaptability: Ninebark's versatility in landscaping reflects the symbolism of adaptability, showing that one can prosper in different environments and situations.
- Romantic Attraction: With its vibrant foliage, especially the 'Anny's Gold' variety, ninebark can symbolize attraction and the brightness of emotion, much like the way its leaves catch the eye in a garden.
- Transformation: The 'Anny's Gold' variant of ninebark goes through a beautiful transformation in leaf-color as seasons change, representing personal growth and transformation over time.
- Protection: Traditionally, some believed that ninebark had protective qualities, its dense and rugged nature stands as a symbol for shelter and safety.
Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' prefers moist, well-drained soil and should be watered deeply once a week, providing about 1.5 gallons of water per session for established plants. During hot, dry periods, the frequency may need to increase to twice a week. Newly planted shrubs require more consistent moisture and may need water 2-3 times per week until they are established. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases, and instead, apply water directly to the base of the plant. It's important not to overwater, as Ninebark doesn't like soggy soil, which can lead to root rot.
Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' thrives in full sun to partial shade. Ideally, it should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. If you live in a region with intense sunlight, providing some afternoon shade can help prevent leaf scorch. This plant adapts well to different light conditions but will have the best foliage color and flowering in a spot that receives ample sunlight.
Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is hardy and adapts well to a range of temperature conditions. It can tolerate temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but it thrives best in moderate temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7, making it resilient to various climate conditions.
Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is pruned to shape the plant, encourage bushier growth, and remove any dead or diseased wood. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. You can also prune after flowering to stimulate a second bloom. It's typically recommended to remove no more than one-third of the plant's overall size in a single season to maintain its health and vigor.
Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' prefers well-drained soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0. A soil mix containing loam, compost, and a small amount of sand or perlite for drainage would be ideal. Amend with organic matter to enrich the soil and encourage healthy growth.
Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is typically grown outdoors and does not require frequent repotting. In landscape settings, it should be planted in a location where it will have room to grow to its mature size without the need to transplant.
- Humidity & Misting
Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and does not require any specific humidity conditions when grown outside in its preferred climate.
- Suitable locations
Provide bright light and room to grow.
Plant in well-drained soil with sun to part-shade.
- Life cycle
The life cycle of Physocarpus opulifolius 'Anny's Gold', commonly known as Ninebark 'Anny's Gold', begins with seed germination, typically occurring in spring under suitable moisture and temperature conditions. This is followed by the seedling stage, where the plant develops its first true leaves and establishes a root system. As it enters the vegetative stage, Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' grows rapidly, forming a deciduous shrub with arching stems and yellow to golden foliage. The reproductive stage comes next, usually in late spring to early summer, during which clusters of white to light pink flowers bloom, attracting pollinators. After pollination, the plant produces small red fruits (follicles), which mature and release seeds for the next generation. Finally, during the dormant stage in winter, the plant sheds its leaves and conserves energy until the cycle recommences with the next growing season.
The Ninebark 'Anny's Gold' is commonly propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings, a method that typically yields success when performed in late summer. To propagate by cuttings, one should select healthy, semi-ripe stems and make a cutting approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long, cutting just below a leaf node. The leaves on the lower half of the stem should be removed, and the cut end dipped in a rooting hormone to enhance root development. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a mix of peat and perlite to provide good drainage and aeration. The pot should be placed in a warm spot with indirect sunlight and kept consistently moist until roots develop, which usually takes several weeks. After rooting is established, the young plant can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions before being planted in its final location.