Family: Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Physocarpus opulifolius Tuilad

Common Name: Lady in Red Ninebark, Ruby Spice Ninebark


Lady in Red (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a mid sized Ninebark with reddish spring leaves.

Plant TypeShrubs Deciduous
Hardiness Zone4
Moistureaverage, tolerates drier conditions once established
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowerssmall pinkish white, five petaled, in dense flat rounded clusters (corymbs)
Fruitred, drooping inflated seed capsules with 3-5 follicle
Leavescoral red to red foliage in the spring, maturing to burgundy
Stemsbark exfoliates on older branches
Dimensions6 by 4-5 feet (HS), probably a bit larger, good for corner plantings or shrub borders
Maintenancecan be cut back hard, prune after flowering if you don't want to lose a season of flowers
PropagationPP18,660; COPF Open
Cultivar OriginDiscovered in 2000 at a nursery in Norfolk, United Kingdom in a population of seedlings grown from seed collected from Physocarpus opulifolius Monlo. Introduced by Ball Ornamental (USA).
Author's NotesI have seen this shrub a few times at botanic gardens. The spring foliage is a nice red color separating from many of the other Ninebark cultivars.
Notes & Reference#144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (
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