Beautiful golden foliage makes this compact ninebark especially appealing. The pretty 'Dart's Gold' has brighter new leaves that are more enduring than those of the other popular yellow-leaved form, 'Luteus.' It also has a more uniform habit and suckers less.
Ninebark is a hardy deciduous shrub with long-lasting flowers and fruits and exfoliating bark. This native of the eastern United States slowly suckers and has a tough constitution. In the wild it exists along the fields and forest margins of uplands and lowlands.
The small maple-like lobed leaves of 'Dart's Gold' are golden and turn shades of yellow and bronze in fall. In late spring or early summer it bears conspicuous clusters of small white flowers, which are attractive to many insect pollinators. The flowers are followed by small oval fruits that turn from green to red. After leaf fall its exfoliating brown bark takes center stage. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Physocarpus
Species - Opulifolius
Common name - Ninebark
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 5'-6' / 1.50 - 1.80 m
Spread - 6'-8' / 1.80 - 2.40 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Care level - Easy
Landscape uses - Use this shrub to anchor a native garden or mixed border. It can also be planted in natural areas or roadsides.
Germination rate - 90%
Bloom season - Late Spring, Early Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Light Green / White