Center Glow Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’)

Center Glow Ninebark

Some plants are just rock stars! Stylish Center Glow Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’) is one of those elevated, exciting plants you’ll love having around your garden! And no wonder! There is always something going on with it. From white flowers in spring to outstanding burgundy foliage all summer, to beautiful bright red fruit in fall, to the interesting exfoliating bark in winter! The Center Glow is a four-season dynamo!

Take time to really study the fresh new foliage as it emerges yellow-green in spring. The leaves mature into bright red starting at the margins – and we’re talking vivid, rosy red – in early summer! The yellow golden center is really something to talk about!

It’s an outstanding performance, and the sweet clusters of white and pink flowers only add to the excitement. Butterflies and bees adore these blooms as well! You’ll come back to this popular shrub over the whole growing season. The neighbors are checking it out, too! As with most Ninebarks, it has attractive exfoliating bark and attractive fruits for four seasons of interest.

Planting and Application:

Many people choose to use Center Glow as a fabulous background for perennial or annual flower beds. It would also make a great anchor plant at the corner of your house in your foundation planting. It makes a charming addition to your beautiful garden as a backdrop. Don’t forget to try cutting some of the arched shoots for cut flower arrangements.

You just know it will stand up to the cold at your place – even those notorious wind tunnel side yards that nobody knows what to do with. Plant a nice, long row of Center Glow in that space. You’ll get beautiful privacy and color, color, color!

  • Gorgeous Yellow Green Foliage Transforms into Reds & Burgundy
  • Pink & White Clusters of Flowers
  • Unique Red Seed Pods For Winter Interest
  • Incredibly Vivid Spring, Summer & Fall Color!
  • Borders, Hedges, Privacy & Ornamental

Tips for Care:

For the best quality, give Center Glow at least 6 hours of sun a day. Well-drained soil is a must. It can handle a little bit of moist soil, but it needs to drain quickly. It is best to be planted in full sun, Center Glow needs a well-drained site and loves some mulch around the roots.

  • Full Sun
  • Widely Adaptable To Soil & Climate
  • Moderate Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Fast Growth Rate
  • Remarkably Cold Hardy

This plant was developed by Dr. Harold Pellet at the University of Minnesota. This shrub might just become your favorite.

Center Glow Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’) Details

Common name Center Glow Ninebark
Botanical name Physocarpus opulifolius 'Center Glow'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-7
Growth rate Fast
Height 6 - 8 ft.
Width 6 - 8 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Pink, White