Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several shrubs of the genus Physocarpus, especially P. opulifolius of eastern North America, having peeling or shredding bark and clusters of small white flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any flowering plant of the genus Physocarpus.

Etymologies

From the many layers in its bark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
nine +‎ bark, because the bark separates into many thin layers. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of my first targets was a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) that had grown to about 12 feet high and six feet across, crowding out the ninebark bush on its right side and witch hazel tree on the left.

    Fear of Pruning

  • Trying to grab your attention in the above shot is a stray branch from the ninebark Summer Wine.

    Ornamental Edibles Or Pretty Tasty « Fairegarden

  • The last two flowers of crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ look striking against the foliage of ninebark ‘Summer Wine’, Physocarpus opulifolious ‘Summer Wine’, in the black garden.

    July Bloom Day 2008-A Wide Variety « Fairegarden

  • On the hotter end of the scale, the crocosmia and purple ninebark really sizzle.

    July Bloom Day 2008-A Wide Variety « Fairegarden

  • The tightly held flower buds of a new to us ninebark, physocarpus ‘Summer Wine’.

    Randomness « Fairegarden

  • The last leaves of the Summer Wine ninebark contrast with the Karl Foerster grass, a small butterfly bush standard to the left and the fading purple feather grass on the right.

    Changing The Settings or Macro And Zoom « Fairegarden

  • I stuck it in the white/yellow garden for now, it really needs something dark for contrast though, maybe by the ninebark Summer Wine.

    Arachnomuhly or Webs Of Grass « Fairegarden

  • Color for hot dry spots: yarrow; Shasta daisy; threadleaf coreopsis; dianthus; coneflowers; blanketflower; daylily; silver grass; switchgrass; fountain grass; beardtongue; salvia; Russian sage; sedum; rugosa rose; lilac; spirea; purple ninebark; sumac; barberry; bluebeard, or caryopteris; smokebush; hawthorn; ginkgo; and honey locust.

    HeraldTimesOnline.com

  • • Coppertina ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Mindia')

    The Seattle Times

  • Outside the center the Department of Conservation gave away trees: wild plum, false indigo, ninebark, elderberry and redbud, a package of dogwoods arrived right at the last.

    Neosho Daily News Homepage RSS

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