First Editions® Fireside® Ninebark

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Showy First Editions Fireside Ninebark

  • Excellent Cultivar of a Native Shrub
  • Looks Great All Year
  • Spring Foliage Emerges Reddish
  • Growth Matures to Deep Red-Purple
  • Lovely Pink Buds Open to White Flowers
  • Butterfly Magnet
  • Can Be Used in Cut Flower Arrangements
  • Holds Color Reliably All Summer
  • Autumn Leaves Age to Dark Purple
  • Peeling Bark Adds Winter Interest
  • Screening Plant
  • Can be Kept in Extra-Large Containers
  • Tight, Compact Growth
  • Easy Care and Disease Resistant
  • Very Cold Hardy

Add a generous helping of bold color to your landscape with help from an easy-care native shrub. Rounded First Editions Fireside Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'UMNHarpell' PP30,792) grows just a bit larger than other varieties...yet stays tight and compact for today's lots.

Enjoy the amazing foliage of Fireside Ninebark all season long. You'll really fall for this dramatic choice!

Coppery to reddish new leaves deepen into a wonderfully vibrant red-purple. Spend time studying the depth of color delivered by these shiny, serrated leaves.

Savvy gardeners look to foliage plants that work hard to underpin the look of the design. Fireside Ninebark takes this act to the next level by producing beautiful blooms, too.

Pink buds are held in clusters at the end of the branches. They'll open into white with a pink overcast and prominent fuzzy stamens.

Cut a few for indoor arrangements. Or simply leave them as nectar-rich resources for butterflies and honeybees.

These rounded, mid-size shrubs feature densely held branching and lush leaves. They make incredible screening plants that never outgrow their space, or make you feel like you live in a fortress.

Even as temperatures dip for autumn, the display continues. That outstanding foliage deepens to a purple so deep it's nearly black.

At the same time, the spring flowers turn into red fruits that are relished by songbirds. You'll feel great about this choice.

Fireside Ninebark shows excellent mildew resistance and is easy to grow. You'll have many, many years of enjoyment without paying a premium in attention or care.

Go ahead and wave at the drivers that slow down to take a closer look. Fireside Ninebark makes your property a standout...order yours today!

How to Use First Editions Fireside Ninebark in the Landscape

These shrubs make an excellent informal hedge at the edge of your property. Define your land with a beautiful dark ribbon of color.

You can decorate and shield your patio seating with an easy-care mulched planting. Plant three feet apart on center, or stagger the planting in naturalized groupings.

Underplant with Clematis vines as groundcover, or you may be able to use durable Periwinkle or English Ivy. We offer many options and follow all plant regulations to protect your local area.

A single Fireside Ninebark softens the corner of your garage. It's also attractive enough to anchor your foundation plantings.

Avid gardeners will want to consider using as backdrop shrubs in mixed borders. That intense color makes a perfect foil for blue or silver-toned and chartreuse plants.

With its unique peeling bark, why not place them along your driveway? You'll have something interesting to study in winter, and they'll help catch blowing snow, too.

Enjoy these stylish shrubs, and let your creativity come out to play!

#ProPlantTips for Care

For best color, plant them in full sun with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. They need well-drained soil, but can be grown in raised beds to improve the drainage as needed.

Give a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch over their roots, and pull it back from directly touching the stems.

Wait until after the flowers are finished to prune to shape. This plant blooms on last year's wood, and you won't want to miss a year of these gorgeous flowers.

You can renewal prune every three years or so. Simply cut out the oldest, fattest stems to the ground; leaving the younger thinner stems to remain in place.

When planting, allow Fireside Ninebark plenty of room to reach its full height and spread. It develops a beautiful upright form.

Get a terrific designer look with Fireside'll never grow tired of this selection! Place your order today.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Fireside® Ninebark Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Physocarpus opulifolius 'UMNHarpell' PPAF
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Red, Purple
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple, Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No