First Editions® Fireside® Ninebark Hedge

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Need privacy or lots of color on a budget? First Editions® Fireside® Ninebark Hedge combination pack (Physocarpus opulifolius 'UMNHarpell') makes it easy for you to get the hedge of your dreams! 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. You'll love the depth of color delivered by these shiny, serrated leaves of these very low-maintenance shrubs!

The Fireside® Ninebark is a gorgeous color-changing ornamental flowering shrub with loads of interest year-round! From the orangy bronze new growth that transforms into deep reddish-purple leaves with purple autumn color to the lovely pinkish buds that open to white flower clusters and fall seed pods - this shrub has it all! Even winter has persistent seed pods and peeling, exfoliating bark!

Fireside® Ninebark is hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3-7, these are very cold hardy deciduous shrubs! Perfect pollinator and cottage garden plants, you'll love this easy instant hedge that arrives at your door straight from our Nursery! Available for shipping in groups of 3, 8, and 16, so you will be able to conveniently get all your shrubs shipped at the appropriate time they are ready for planting in your growing zone.

Planting and Application:

Ninebark are incredible shrubs that really kick curb appeal up several notches and will have heads turning! These multi-packs make it super easy to create that foundation planting or hedge of your dreams! Create rows and rows of colorful privacy around your yard by screening off your front yard from the street, or a backyard pool from prying eyes! Your pollinators and wildlife will adore these native cultivars for the many other benefits they provide! Shelterbelts, low windbreak additions, or vibrant flowering 'garden rooms' are made easy with these fantastic deciduous shrubs!

Choose these easy starter packs to create the hedge your landscape has been missing! For a hedge that provides seclusion, plant close row that grows together to create a solid continuous band of coverage, use 3-4 shrubs for every 10-foot-long hedge, plant in a straight row or a zig-zag about 2 ½ feet on center (measuring from the center of one shrub to the center of the next). Or, create a more informally spaced hedge by extending your spacing.

  • Spring Foliage Emerges Orange-Bronze & Matures to Deep Red-Purple
  • Lovely Pink Buds Open to White Flowers
  • Wildlife, Pollinators, Cut Flowers & Four-Season Color
  • Dense Bushy Growth & Lush Serrated Color-Changing Leaves
  • Fantastic Hedge, Privacy & Screening Combo Packs!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For the best color, plant Ninebark 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 perform renewal pruning every three years or so. Simply cut out the oldest, fattest stems to the ground; leaving the younger thinner stems to remain in place.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture
  • Most Well-Drained Soil Types - Tolerates Clay
  • Provide Mulch & Prune After Flowering
  • Very Cold Hardy, Easy-Care & Disease Resistant

Enjoy the amazing foliage of Fireside Ninebark all season long. You'll really fall for this dramatic choice and its terrific designer look with the First Editions® Fireside® Ninebark Hedge combination pack from! You'll never grow tired of this selection! Order at Nature Hills today and we'll ship these instant Hedge multi-packs when the time is right for planting in your growing zone!

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
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 Hedge Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Physocarpus opulifolius 'UMNHarpell'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Red, Purple
Fall Color Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No