(Ninebark) Fast growing and adaptable, Coppertina® provides season-long color to either the home garden or commercial landscape. This is a great addition to the ninebark family that is very showy and extremely hardy. Coppertina® is a cross between the golden Ninebark 'Darks Gold' and the purple leafed Ninebark Diabolo 'Monlo'. The result gives us a wonderful plant with orange-copper foliage in the spring that transforms in summer to rich red. Many designers find this color easier to work with and less overwhelming than purple leaf bushes. As with other Ninebark's, Coppertina® blooms in summer, sporting pinkish-white button-like blooms that contrast wonderfully with the foliage. The bark on older plants exfoliates into papery strips. It is a useful landscape plant and is also excellent when flowering to cut the branches for the use in arrangements. This great foliage stunner is good in-group and mass plantings, shrub borders, hedges, and screens. As a young plant it is best to prune or pinch your plant in order to build a full-bodied, well-branched plant. If the plant is leggy when you purchased it, shear the plant back hard by 1/3 to 1/2 its original size. Once it puts on an inch or two of growth, pinch the branch tips to remove just the growing tips, these tips control branching. Once growing tips are removed the buds below it will turn into stems. Once these new branches grow an inch or two, pinch the tips out again. You can repeat this throughout the first growing season as you are tending your garden. Although you will sacrifice blooms, this technique results in a well-branched, full-bodied plant that will have more flowers in subsequent years. The second season in the ground, repeat the pinching practice (or lightly shear) up until mid-August. Stop pruning after mid-August, because the flowers are on old wood this would allow time for the flower buds to form prior to winter. During the third and subsequence seasons, prune or pinch as necessary after flowering and before buds set in mid-August. Do not be afraid to prune or shear your plant harder if you wish to maintain a shorter size. Patent Strings: Coppertina® Physocarpus opulifolious 'Mindia'