A Family Tree of Ninebark Cultivars

Karyl Seppala has a great post on Ninebark at the Beautiful Wildlife Garden blog today. She is absolutely correct that the native Physocarpus opulifolius is a wonderful shrub:  beautiful and useful to wildlife.  And while cultivars of native plants have some challenges, in a designed landscape they can be indispensable.

There are many cultivars of Ninebark, but many share the same parentage.  To keep them straight, I made a “family tree” of the most common ones.  I find it helpful, and maybe you will too.

A family tree of Ninebark cultivars

  1. Donna Williamson:

    Wondered if you could tell me how to differentiate between Nugget and Dart’s Gold? Not sure which I have.

    Thanks for this chart!

  2. Vincent Vizachero:

    I can’t reliably tell them apart, so I have no idea! Sorry.

    Vince