avoid invasive plants Barberry Alternative: Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
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Barberry Alternative: Ninebark

(Physocarpus opulifolius)

Why it's a standout: This rugged native offers snowball-like flowers in spring and foliage in several bright hues. The 4-foot-tall 'Little Devil' (shown) is a burgundy-clad dwarf that makes an especially good substitute for barberry. Most other varieties grow up to 8 feet tall and wide.
What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; average to dry, well-drained soil
Zones: 2 to 8
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