Blog and photos by Fran Glass,
Secretary and Membership Chair, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
This plant has showy clusters of white flowers in May and June.
Height is 6-9 feet.
Ninebark is a deciduous, Missouri-native shrub with arching canes and exfoliating bark which reveals layers of reddish to light-brown inner bark on mature stems. The bark provides winter interest as it peels away.
Why I chose this plant:
I chose ninebark because it can tolerate such a wide variety of conditions. It serves the purpose of a beautiful screen between my yard and that of the neighbors. Ninebark is a Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT) Plant of Merit.
To my delight, one winter after the leaves had fallen, I discovered a cardinal nest from the previous summer.
Ninebark thrives in full sun to part shade. Fewer flowers and fruits may result from too much shade.
Does well in dry-to-moist sites, including rain gardens.
MOBOT plant profile
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery
Where to see this plant:
St. Joe State Park. It grows on the bank next to the creek.
Lower Rock Creek, near Fredericktown, Missouri. It grows near the creek.