Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

Description: Noted for the creamy yellow foliage throughout summer and autumn.  Physocarpus are hardy and easy to grow plants which were not much used in the garden until the introduction of the golden and purple foliaged cultivars which give colour to the border throughout the summer.  White flowers are not of note but in winter the reddish peeling bark give an additional season of interest.

Climate/Position: Sun or light shade for best colour. Avoid direct sun which may scorch the leaves and cause browning.

Height/Spread: 2 metres tall x 2.5 metre spread.

Soil Requirements: Though some Physocarpus prefer acid soil, P.opulifoilus will tolerate any moist soil.

Pruning: some pruning encourages new growth which provides the richest colour. For regenerative pruning remove one or two of the oldest stems at the base of plant after flowering in early summer to encourage new shoots to form.

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Additional Interest: Bread at Darthizer Nursery in Netherlands a cross between Physocarpus opulifolius 'Luteus' and Physocarpus opulifolius var. nanus.