Physocarpus, Ninebark 'Dart's Gold'

Physocarpus opulifolius

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physocarpus (fy-so-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: opulifolius (op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Dart's Gold




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

American Canyon, California

Denver, Colorado

Ashkum, Illinois

Ellicott City, Maryland

Ludington, Michigan

Birdsboro, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Ames Lake, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Birchwood, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 22, 2012, JanFRN from St. Albert,
Canada wrote:

I have two of these in a bed in my Zone 3a front yard. I call them Audrey and her Evil Twin. When I bought them I was labouring under the misapprehension that they'd be moderately sized, about 3 or 3 1/2 feet in diameter. Well, they're taller than me, despite HARD pruning spring and fall. They crowd out a lot of other things, like the Roseglow barberries I planted with them. You can't even see my Pacific Giant delphiniums behind them. They're beautiful, but they're just TOO big!


On May 31, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

looks pretty, no maintenance or extra water, in dry part shade


On May 30, 2007, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

A very desirable shrub, it has good form, is very hardy and does not seems to a have many pests and diseases.
The leaves emerge a bright yellow in the spring, reminding one's of Forsythia in bloom. Its foliage becomes chartreuse as the season advances. I do not find the flowers to be a great addition but they are numerous.

Update: Although this plant is very nice when young, mildew is a large problem as time goes by, it is necessary to prune it severely. Also, older stems have a tendency to die. I am not nearly as enthusiastic about this shrub as I first was.


On Jul 17, 2005, marg19508 from Birdsboro, PA wrote:

I have not yet planted this shrub, but a local nursery has both the yellow and purple varieties, and it supposedly is one of Pennsylvania's native plants, so it is of interest to me for my garden. It has wonderful leaf color and keeps its form well.