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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Chameleon'

ninebark 'Chameleon'

A deciduous shrub to 1.5m tall and wide. Leaves emerge green in spring with an irregular yellow edge and as the seasons progress, the green colour darkens to a wine red and then a deep purple-brown. Pinkish-white flowers are borne in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red Yellow
Summer Pink White Red Yellow Purple
Autumn Brown Purple
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy, Suckering
Genus

Physocarpus are bushy deciduous suckering shrubs with palmately lobed leaves and corymbs of small cream flowers in early summer, followed by small, bladdery brown fruits

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in acidic, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. Will tolerate alkaline conditions, but chlorosis may occur on shallow chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer or pot up suckers in the autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus

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