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Physocarpus Coppertina

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Coppertina ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolious Coppertina) is another new ninebark with outstanding foliage color and sedate garden manners. Its foliage, a mellow copper color, does well in any soil pH, from acidic to alkaline. Keep it watered its first year while it establishes deep roots. With good first care, it will tolerate summer dry periods in the following years.

This is a deciduous shrub (leaf-free in winter). Tiny blossoms appear on top of reddish-brown leaves in April in warm climates and mid-summer in the cool/cold areas of its range. The foliage reddens as the season's progress. If its upright stems need shaping, prune it right after it blooms. The flower buds are set during the summer for the following year's show so don't cut it back late in the season. Coppertina ninebark enjoys a wide range of hardiness, from USDA Zones 3 to 8. Use it as a punch of color in a sunny shrub border. It will even do well in containers as the 'thriller', the tall one in the back or middle.


   
 
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