Taxon  Report   6490    
Physocarpus capitatus  (Pursh) Kuntze
Ninebark,  Pacific ninebark, Western ninebark
Physocarpus capitatus
© 2008 Keir Morse
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Physocarpus capitatus
© 2015 Debra L. Cook
Physocarpus capitatus
© 2008 Margo Bors
Physocarpus capitatus, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Physocarpus capitatus
© 2018 Hunter Breck
Family: ROSACEAE  
Genus: Physocarpus
Communities: Redwood Forest, Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: streambanks, slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Physocarpus opulifolius var. tomentellus
More information about  Physocarpus capitatus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


Search the International Plants Names Index

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).