ninebark Rosaceae Physocarpus capitatus
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, maple-like, palmately lobed (3 to 5 pointed lobes); almost circular in outline, 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter; dark green above and paler below, somewhat pubescent.
Flower:Perfect, small (1/2 inch) white flowers borne in dense, upright, hemispherical clusters, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit:Small (1/4 inch long) brown follicles borne in dense, upright hemispherical clusters.
Twig:Slender and orange-brown; young twigs have tight bark but on older twigs the bark splits and exfoliates in long strips.
Bark:Thin and yellow- or orange-brown; shredded and exfoliating in long strips, especially on older stems.
Form:A large erect shrub to 12 feet tall.