The Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark (Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For) Care Guide


The Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark, otherwise known as the Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For or Colorado Spruce ‘Bialobok’, Blue Spruce ‘Bialobok’, is a rather well known tree plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this tree will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its light green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

The fundamental caring guidelines for every Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark can be summed up into the following:

  • Water: The Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
  • Light: Keep your Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark in soil with moist but well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, loam, and clay.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark care

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark belongs to the Pinaceae family, the genus Picea and the species Pungens, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For (fy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us).

As with other Picea’s, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

Growing Region

The Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark is a plant native to the USA.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 2a, 2b, 3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, what size of Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…

The Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2′ Plant Patent Applied For can grow up to 4′ – 5′ (120cm – 150cm) in 4′ – 5′ (120cm – 150cm) and 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) in 2′ – 3’ (60cm – 90cm). 

These dimensions make the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark a relatively medium tree compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful mounding shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 36″ (90cm) free so the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark can spread to its best extent.

Water

In terms of watering, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark plants

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark in soil with moist but well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, loam, and clay.

This is why most experts agree that the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark requires soil with clay, high organic matter, and loam (silt), which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably neutral to acid soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this tree will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being a deciduous plant, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.

Flowers

In particular, this tree is well known for its showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark produces some beautiful white, or brown/copper flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark have a beautiful light green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a needles arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For to be around (< 1 inch) in size.

Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark up closer

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark is well known for being able to attract birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Additionally, it has a special tolerance for salt, drought and animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For will be fine.

Garden

Does your Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Physocarpus Opulifolius ‘Zleyel2’ Plant Patent Applied For owners agree that this tree will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, and in traditional garden styles. 

In particular, the Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, others use it for landscaping in a firescaping/fire wise, specimen, urban garden, border, naturalized areas, wildlife garden, mass planting, hedge, privacy screen, or a woodland garden.

Companion Plants

Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Pennisetum, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Spiraea will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!

Conclusion

And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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