Little Devil Ninebark

General Information

Little Devil Ninebark offers attractive burgundy foliage throughout the season.  Small clusters of white flowers bloom early summer followed by red fruit and attractive peeling bark creating multi-season interest.  Recommended for mass planting, general garden use or as a hedge.

Additional Information

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’ grows best in full sun. It will reach a mature height of 3-4 feet with a similar spread.  Plant in zones 3 to 7. Attracts butterflies.

Care & Shipping Notes

Can prune to shape after blooming but not required.  Grows best in average well-drained soil.  Pest and disease resistant. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.

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Bloom time






Mature Width 3 to 4 Feet
Mature Height 3 to 4 Feet
Light Full Sun
Planting Zone 3 to 7

Planting Zone Map

US Planting Zones

1 review for Little Devil Ninebark – 3 Gallon Container

  1. kate

    I have 2 Little Devils and love them. (I also have a Diablo and a Center Glow, which is absolutely gorgeous, too!) They were planted in the fall of 2012, and we’ve just begun 2016. While one stayed upright and compact this spring, it’s twin grew out into a long arching form LOADED with flowers….I mean LOADED! I cut back the upright sister last summer because it was shabby looking, I left the other alone, and it took on that arching form I hadn’t seen before. Both were lovely, each had its attributes, but I must say, even though it arched over the sidewalk, the beauty of that one was truly breathtaking. They’ve just finished flowering (June 21), although they’re still holding onto the lovely red “fruit” that follows the flowers. Because that doesn’t show up real well against the dark foliage, I just cut both of them back, cutting all stems/limbs back to where there is a shoot of new growth, and just like that, they’re back to their well-mannered, upright, somewhat formal appearance. Very pretty DARK foliage that doesn’t fade, even in the all-day, hot south exposure next to the house. They hold their color all summer and look stunning against the light colored siding of our house. (They get about 4 – 4 1/2 ft tall.) Now that I’ve seen their potential for two entirely different forms, I can’t wait until next year to see which personality comes forward! These are rugged, hardy bushes that hang onto their leaves into early November, and I’m in central MN, zone 4. By November, everything else, except the evergreens, has long ago dropped their leaves. The Little Devils are the very last to lose theirs, the last visual reminder of one more summer gone by too fast. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LITTLE DEVIL NINEBARKS! You simply can’t go wrong.

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