True indeed to its name ninebark is not limited to a single tree. In fact, it shares of a genus name with nine other trees including plum and cherry. This list of plants probably does not mean much you and will not be over-powered by its taste. But, these plants have an interesting history in the world of identifying people through their peaches, cherries and plums.

Common ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) is a versatile deciduous flowering shrub widely used in landscaping. It gets its name from the unique exfoliating bark, which peels back in thin layers as the branches mature. Ninebark is a somewhat coarse-textured shrub that features yellow, green, or reddish leaves that form an attractive cascading mound. It flowers in late spring with clusters of white or pink blooms, and it bears red fruit in late summer and autumn that often attracts birds. (Source: www.thespruce.com)


Ninebark is the variety that was developed from crossing together nine different types of maple trees. The result of this cross-breeding gave the maple trees three kinds of leaves and a strong, straight trunk. Its bark is light grey, smooth and soft. Ninebark is a deciduous tree and will change colors each Fall. By the end of the Fall, they will turn every shade of brown while in Winter they lose their leaves and grow reverse colors with a whitish bark.

Ninebark flowers are almost an afterthought. While they look nice, especially on varieties with dark foliage, the white and pink blooms don't last long. In the winter, the bark is what really shines through. As the bark of the older stems age, they peel back in layers, creating an exfoliation effect. (Source: www.bhg.com)


Almost every autumn, I find myself preparing for the cold winter that is just around the corner. I spend the summer taking care of my garden and the summer rests on my mind, knowing that the picturesque flowers from the summer only last for a few more weeks. The autumn is the best time of year for me, with it finally being warm enough for my plants to grow and ready for the harvest.

The vibrant foliage of Amber Jubilee™ is most radiant in spring, when it glows deep orange rather than the orange-bronze of similar cultivars such as ‘Center Glow’ or Coppertina™. The color shifts in midsummer to green with bronze-flushed, golden-yellow terminal leaves, and finally to an autumnal blend of orange, red, bronze, and purplish green. The white flowers are pleasing, and butterflies love them, but the kaleidoscopic color show is longer lasting and more satisfying. Amber Jubilee™ is a broad, vase-shaped plant with arching branches. Its light tawny twigs pair nicely with the light tan-gray exfoliating bark, which looks almost white when the branches are bare. (Source: www.finegardening.com)


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