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Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ is a stylish deciduous shrub, grown for its rich purple foliage. It also bears pretty pink-flushed white flowers on arching branches in early summer, followed by glossy red seedheads in autumn – both contrast beautifully with its leaves. When plants reach maturity the bark peels away in layers. It’s ideal for growing in a mixed herbaceous border and looks fantastic when grown alongside lime-green coloured plants.

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For best results grow Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Avoid chalky soils. Prune regularly to encourage colourful new growth. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit. 

How to grow Physocarpus 'Diabolo'

  • Plant size

    2m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Physocarpus 'Diabolo' and wildlife

Physocarpus 'Diabolo' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Physocarpus 'Diabolo' poisonous?

Physocarpus 'Diabolo' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People