‘New’ in the plant world is a relative term, loosely describing anything developed in the last decade, as opposed to varieties that have been around for hundreds of years. It’s exciting when ‘new’ shrubs come on the market that are well-adapted for northern climates. Amber Jubilee Ninebark is a pretty shrub, that’s destined to become a staple in our landscapes. I was so taken with it, I planted one for Mary and I last year.
Amber Jubilee Ninebark was developed in Manitoba, Canada, and was named to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 2010 visit to Manitoba during her diamond jubilee.
Amber Jubilee Ninebark:
- Foliage color is best describes as glowing, and ever-changing. New growth combines orange, yellow, red and gold on the green background of older interior leaves.
- Best planted in full sun for optimum color.
- Height is 5 to 6 feet, with a width of 4 feet.
- Grows in a neat, well-mannered mound shape.
- Good landscape shrub for a medium-tall feature in foundation plantings, and as a background plant in shrub borders along property edges, corners, and rear perimeter. Nice addition to the rear of perennial flower plantings.
- Perfect choice for hedges.
- Fully winter hardy into Zone 2.
- A key feature is its resistance to gray-white powdery mildew disease, which can make some ninebark varieties very unattractive.
- Fall color is a beautiful orange-amber turning to purple.