Ninebark is a deciduous shrub that is very hardy and tolerates various soil conditions, wind and cold. An interesting feature of the shrub is that the bark peels off in strips in mature plants. Ninebark is a North American native that attracts songbirds and grows to be between 8 to 10 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide. Coppertina Ninebark is a variety of the shrub with copper colored leaves in the spring that turn to a darker red as the summer season sets in. Coppertina Ninebark is hardy in gardening zones 3 through 8.
Choose a location in the landscape that has full sun to part afternoon shade. Dig a hole twice as wide and a few inches deeper than the container you purchased the young shrub in. Plant shrubs at least 12 feet apart so they have room to grow to full size and keep proper ventilation.
Pull all weeds, grass and stones out of the dug out soil and mix the remaining soil with a pound of compost. This will enhance the soil and allow it to drain more freely.
Place enough amended soil back in the hole to allow the shrub to sit at the same level it was in the container. Gently knock the shrub out of the container and with a gentle stream of water, rinse off some of the growing mix around the roots.
Place the Ninebark in the hole and fill halfway up the root ball with the amended soil. Water the soil to compact it around the roots and eliminate air pockets. Continue to fill the hole so the soil is level with the surrounding ground.
Water completely to help the roots to establish themselves in the new location. Keep the plant evenly moist for the first month and then cut back watering to twice a week, depending on rainfall. During very dry, hot or windy conditions the shrub will need extra water.
Mulch around the plant to help hold in moisture and keep weeds from growing. Pine bark or pine needle mulch will also help put nitrogen in the soil for healthy foliage.