Amber Jubilee Ninebark Spring Pruning

Amber Jubilee Ninebark Spring Pruning
Amber Jubilee Ninbark - Physocarpus opulifolius 'Jefam' - late summer color

Amber Jubilee Ninebark is one of those versatile shrubs that can take a lot of abuse and still look fabulous. I have mine planted in a tight location, so every spring I give it a heavy pruning.  Even though I cut it back hard, the new growth always has great leaf color with tones of orange yellow and gold. This is definitely one of my favorite Ninebarks! If you have the space, Ninebarks can reach up to eight or ten feet tall, but if you're like me and have a tight spot, they can be kept around four to five feet with no problem. Eventually, though, all Ninebarks:

  • Build up dead wood
  • Appreciate a good rejuvenation every 3-5 years
  • Prefer to be cut back when dormant, before any spring growth has occurred.

Left untouched, Ninebarks will have white flowers each spring as they need a full season to develop their flower buds.  You will sacrifice flowers when performing annual spring pruning but the vibrant leaf colors will make up for it.  

So, if you're looking for a shrub that's low-maintenance and still looks great, Amber Jubilee Ninebark is definitely the way to go!  Thanks for reading and happy planting!