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Plant Species of the genus Physocarpus

Information about this genus
Name: Physocarpus
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: They are best grown in full sun with fertile well-drained soil that remains moist through summer. They are not fussy plants but dislike lime; if exposed to drought the foliage becomes desiccated and brown. The plants naturally form thickets of stems and pruning is a simple matter of thinning these and cutting back the remaining growth after flowering. Propagate from seed or half-hardened cuttings.
Description: Found in North America and temperate northeastern Asia, the 10 deciduous shrubs in this genus are notable for their showy flowerheads; their foliage, which is attractive in spring and sometimes also in autumn; and for their flaking bark, the many layers of which gives the genus its common name. Most species have conspicuously veined lobed foliage reminiscent of that of raspberry or blackberry. The flowers, which are white or pale pink, are individually small, though massed in flat corymbs they make an appealing display against the fresh spring foliage. Interesting inflated fruits with 3 to 5 lobes ripen in late summer.

Specie Vernacular Zone
opulifolius 2-9
Physocarpus amurensis 5-9
Physocarpus capitatus 6-10
Physocarpus malvaceus 6-9
Physocarpus monogynus 5-9

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