Cute little devil Physocarpus wins silver in Belgium

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’

The jury of the novelty competition of the Belgium fair Florall awarded Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’ with a Silver Medal. This trade fair was held on March 6-7 in Gent. Besides the expected attractive bloom, the jury sees added value in the
compact growth. A Physocarpus gets no higher than 1.2 m to 1.5 m and has according to the jury a bright future in the trend towards smaller gardens.
The award winning Physocarpus opulifolius was an entry of the Belgium grower Willy de Nolf in Waregem. It was introduced by Dr. David Zlesak and introduced by Bailey Nurseries in St. Paul, MN (USA). On the site of Bailey Nurseries it appears also under the trade mark Little Devil and it is described as follows:
“This ‘cute little devil’ will add deep burgundy foliage color to your garden in a compact, easy to grow and maintain shrub. An exciting improvement to ninebark selections, Little Devil is great for every garden but especially useful for smaller urban gardens or where low maintenance is desired, as it needs little to no pruning and is free from pest and disease issues. The dark foliage is beautifully offset by button-like white-pink flowers in June. This cute little devil is a trouble-free addition to any home or commercial landscape and requires very little maintenance. It keeps its compact shape without pruning, making it great as a background or in a shrub border. Grows up to 4 feet tall and wide. Full sun or part shade. Zones 3–7”.

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’