Dart’s Gold Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’

Do you have areas around your landscape that need some striking foliage? The Dart’s Gold ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’) is an excellent choice. These compact, mounded shrubs have leaves with a maple-like shape. No matter where you place it, this ninebark is sure to be the showpiece of your outdoor spaces.

Dart’s Gold Ninebark Attributes

This variety of ninebark is well-known for its attractive yellow foliage. The leaves have a rounded to ovate shape, and they often resemble a maple leaf. The large leaves develop into a bright green color for the springtime. By mid-summer, that color fades into a lime green or chartreuse. For the fall, the foliage turns yellow with a bronze tint.

The foliage is complemented by small white flowers that have a pinkish tinge. You will notice the dense, spirea-like flower clusters in the late spring. Production of red fruit follows those flowers in the summer. Even during the winter, these plants provide some interest to your outdoor space. Mature branches exhibit exfoliating bark during this season. When the bark strips, you can see several layers of light brown to reddish hues. Imagine how beautiful these shrubs will stand out with their reddish bark when it snows. If you want a ninebark that provides all-year interest, make sure to grab the Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’ for your project.

Dart's Gold Ninebark



  • Plant Type: Flowering shrub​
  • Watering Needs: Average
  • Botanical Pronunciation: fy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Average landscape size: 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide
  • Special features: Brilliant white flowers and chartreuse foliage. Exfoliating bark in the winter.
  • Foliage color: Green to chartreuse
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: White flowers with a pink tinge
  • Garden style: Rustic, cottage
  • Design Ideas: Great background plant for borders and beds. A natural choice for wild gardens and woodland areas. A colorful addition to larger landscapes.
  • Companion Plants: Flowering currant, spruce, clematis, and cypress

Dart’s Gold Ninebark Planting 

This ninebark can thrive in USDA zones 2 to 7. It grows to 5 feet at maturity, and it spreads to about 5 feet. You can expect this Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’ to live for nearly 30 years in your outdoor space.

Plant them in a lightly shaded to a bright sunny location. This ninebark can adapt to moist and dry conditions, and it will do well in a typical home environment. The Dart’s Gold does not have a particular pH or soil preference. Along with that, this shrub is tolerant of urban pollution, especially in those city environments. Since this well-branching shrub likes to spread out, make sure to give it plenty of space in your landscape.

Plant Care

The Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’ is a drought-resistant shrub. However, those younger plants should be given extra water to help them establish in your yard. You need to provide some maintenance on this shrub. If you want to prune, make sure to cut in the late winter or early spring before the blooms develop on the shrub.

Add Some Brilliance With a Dart’s Gold Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'

If you are ready to bring the Dart’s Gold ninebark home to your commercial landscaping business or garden center, reach out to the experienced team at Arbor Valley Nursery. We have a large selection of landscaping products, such as ornamental grasses, spectacular shrubs, towering trees, and stunning flowers. No matter what you need, you can find it at our nursery. Whether you want to purchase Dart’s Gold ninebark or another variety, make sure to fill out the contact form.

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