Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo


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 seed heads 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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Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ has it all: superlative colour, appealing form, and good looks that last all year long. The main claim to fame for ‘Diablo’ (which means “devil” in Spanish) is the deep burgundy colour of its maplelike foliage, and unlike some dark foliage plants, it doesn’t get greener with the onset of summer heat. That colour veers toward bronzy red by the time the leaves fall in late November. ‘Diablo’ also boasts pink-tinged white flowers, which appear in June in clusters that eventually form red seed clusters.

Position: Sun or part shade

Soil: Most types

Rate of growth: Moderate to fast growing

Flowering period: July to September

Hardiness: Hardy

Pot size: 2L

Eventual height & spread: 1.65 m x 1.65 m