Notable Features: Durable large shrub with exfoliating bark, great in mixed-species groupings or hedgerows.
Attracts: The flowers provide nectar and pollen to a wide range of visiting insects, including bees, wasps, flies, and butterflies. Some insects are known to feed on various parts of Ninebark. Such insects include aphids (Aphis neilliae, Utamphorophora humboldti), stem-boring larvae of the beetleDicerca pugionata (Witch Hazel Borer),Calligrapha spiraeae (Spiraea Leaf Beetle), the plant bug Plagiognathus punctatipes, and caterpillars of the moths Eulithis molliculata (Dimorphic Eulithis), Nepticula opulifoliella(Ninebark Pigmy Moth), and Olethreutes permundana (Raspberry Leafroller); these insects are oligophagous (prefer to feed on Ninebark and similar shrubby species). Polyphagous insects that feed on Ninebark include caterpillars of the moths Lomographa vestaliata (White Spring Moth), Palthis angulalis (Dark-Spotted Palthis), and Schizura unicornis (Unicorn Caterpillar).