An excellent shrub choice for year round interest, Common Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) has lobed leaves on arching branches that give it a mounded shape. The new buds are pink when they first appear in June, but then open into white flowers. The flowers are in dense spirea-like clusters, which then give way to a mutlitude pink-red berry clusters. The leaves turn yellow in the fall.
Named for its unusual bark which peels in strips to reveal several layers of reddish to light braown inner bark, Ninebark is a popular 'winter interest' shrub. An excellent hedgerow or privacy shrub, it can reach heights of 8-10 feet and grow almost as wide. The arching stems and thick foliage offer good cover for birds as well. Once it is well established this shrub can be pruned hard to keep it to a smaller size.
Easy to grow in average conditions, its native range includes most of the eastern half of the U.S.