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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red' (Ninebark 'Lady in Red')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red'

Other names

Ninebark 'Lady in Red', Physocarpus opulifolius 'Tuilad', Spiraea opulifolius 'Tuilad'

Genus

Physocarpus Physocarpus

Variety or Cultivar

'Lady in Red' _ 'Lady in Red' is a compact, branching, thicket-forming, suckering, deciduous shrub with lobed, doubly-toothed, veined, red to red-purple leaves and clusters of small, cup-shaped, pale pink flowers in summer followed by pale brown to red fruit in autumn.


Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are scented.

Habit

Branching, Compact, Suckering

Flower

Pale-pink in Summer

Foliage

Reddish-purple, Red in Spring; Red, Reddish-purple in Summer; Reddish-purple, Red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Thin out spent stems to show off the remaining shoots to best effect. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings, Suckers


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Where to grow

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red' (Ninebark 'Lady in Red') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in acidic, moderately fertile, humus-rich soi. Will tolerate alkaline soil but chlorosis may occur if grown in shallow chalky soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red'

Other names

Ninebark 'Lady in Red', Physocarpus opulifolius 'Tuilad', Spiraea opulifolius 'Tuilad'

Genus

Physocarpus Physocarpus

Variety or Cultivar

'Lady in Red' _ 'Lady in Red' is a compact, branching, thicket-forming, suckering, deciduous shrub with lobed, doubly-toothed, veined, red to red-purple leaves and clusters of small, cup-shaped, pale pink flowers in summer followed by pale brown to red fruit in autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are scented.

Habit

Branching, Compact, Suckering


Colour

Flower

Pale-pink in Summer

Foliage

Reddish-purple, Red in Spring; Red, Reddish-purple in Summer; Reddish-purple, Red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Thin out spent stems to show off the remaining shoots to best effect. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings, Suckers


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red' (Ninebark 'Lady in Red') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in acidic, moderately fertile, humus-rich soi. Will tolerate alkaline soil but chlorosis may occur if grown in shallow chalky soil.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red' (Ninebark 'Lady in Red')

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red' (Ninebark 'Lady in Red')

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Lady in Red' (Ninebark 'Lady in Red')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orgyia thyellina

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest from Eastern Asia which could be damaging to broadleaf and coniferous species if introduced to the UK; as well as having human health impacts. The main pathway is likely to be on goods (including non-plant material) imported from Eastern Asia and awareness raising with the main industry sectors is recommended.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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