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Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius

This bush got its name from the unusual trait of its peeling bark. It was said the bush had nine layers of bark.

Native Americans made a medicine from the inner bark.

Warning: Potentially Toxic.

As with many plants the flowers provide nectar for many insects, including bees and butterflies.

Ninebark develops a berry that may be eaten by birds and small mammals. Deer browse on buds, twigs and leaves. Ninebark provides super cover and nesting sites for birds and small mammals.


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Posted 7/17/05 Cindy O'Hora