Physocarpus opulifolius 8x8' Selected by John Meader, Fedco intro, 2017.
Buds form in early May and open up to creamy white inflorescences (called corymbs) consisting of 30–60 tiny flowers. Flowers early when not a lot else is blooming.
Alternate roundish-ovate bright green leaves have 3–5 lobes with a slightly serrated edge reminiscent of highbush cranberry. Beautiful in hedges and borders.
This one was selected by longtime Fedco grower John Meader, from a patch of wild seedlings growing along a stone wall in Buckfield, ME. John wrote, “I like the plant that I have—now maybe 20 years old, because it always offers something interesting: the loose bark in winter, the long arching branches, the numerous white blossoms that attract many native pollinators, and then the ‘fruit’ in the 2" or so corymbs that make pale gold cushions tinged with red eventually turning brown and persisting. True, it’s a bit of a sprawl?and not for a small garden but great in a back corner along a frequently used path.”
Easy to grow. This selection does not seem to have the leaf issues that can plague some Physocarpus cultivars. Drought tolerant. Grows well in neutral to acid soils. Species native Québec to Virginia and inland. Z2. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)