A Beautiful American Shrub in Summer or Winter
The Diabolo Ninebark shrub originated in the Central and Eastern parts of the United States. It is a shrub that graces our yards and gardens with special features all year ‘round. It has pretty flowers, interesting leaves and unusual exfoliating bark. It demands little of us in terms of maintenance, and may be pruned or shaped as a hedge if desired, or allowed to “grow free” as an ornamental feature.
What is so special about the Diabolo Ninebark?
• A true, native shrub, the Diabolo Ninebark is tolerant of harsh winter conditions or hot summer weather.
• In the spring, the Diabolo Ninebark has pretty clusters of white or pink blossoms. As fall approaches, the leaves begin to fall revealing multi-colored bark. The bark nicely contrasts with winter snows and hardscape.
• A very versatile plant capable of being formed into a hedge, windbreak or left alone as an interesting feature.
A True Native
We often tend to forget that long before gardeners and landscapers imported so many plants from around the world to America’s gardens, we used native plants to create unique gardens. The Diabolo Ninebark was here long before anyone settled the land! It was usually found along rivers, streams and in rocky or gravelly soil.
A Shrub for all Four Seasons
Diabolo Ninebark is a shrub for all seasons of the year. In the spring, it produces beautiful huge clusters of pinkish or white blossoms among green, slightly rounded, serrated leaves. It is equally happy all summer, providing that the temperatures in your area are not excessive and conditions are not humid. As the cold weather approaches, the leaves fall off but far from being dull, the bark is multicolored in subtle tans, browns and reds. The shrub is truly beautiful in the winter and many feel that is its greatest feature.
Diabolo Ninebark is not overly picky. It likes average moisture and will even tolerate occasional dry spells. We always recommend you liberally put mulch around its base. It can survive wintery blasts well below zero. We should mention that the Diabolo Ninebark will bloom best if it is pruned after flowering and no later than June or July. It can be pruned to form a lovely hedge.
We always recommend that when planting a shrub that the hole is dug to be at least twice the size of the root ball. If you have clay like or rocky soil, dig the hole at least three times the size of the Diabolo Ninebark root ball and amend the soil with organic material by mixing in compost or peat moss. The root ball should be at ground level to avoid moisture from collecting. Mulch around the base every year.