Physocarpus opulifolius Fireside

Available mid May

Physocarpus 'Fireside'


A First Editions® introduction, Fireside® Ninebark is a native flowering deciduous shrub. It offers three seasons of interest with its stunning foliage and spherical clusters of small pinkish white flower "buttons" in the spring. The foliage turns reddish maturing to a deep reddish purple for summer and then to dark purple in fall. The attractive reddish to light brown exfoliating layers of bark on mature branches is fairly concealed most of the year but adds winter interest. A native plant, 'Fireside' Ninebark is a selected form of our native Ninebark which is indigenous to central and eastern North America. 

  • Height: 2.1-2.4 m (7-8 ft)
  • Spread: 1.8-2.1 m (6-7 ft)
  • Hardiness: Zone 3-7
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 4 hours of full sun
  • Bloom Time: late spring
  • Leaf Colour: purple red
  • Bloom Colour: pinkish white
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tough, cold hardy, and easy to grow, 'Fireside Ninebark' prefers full sun and average, slightly acidic, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil, but it tolerates a wide range of soils, including shallow rocky soil.  It is a good choice for areas of erosion. The shrub is powdery mildew resistant and drought tolerant. It can be pruned as desired immediately after blooming or cut close to the ground in winter for rejuvenation.

New for 2023