The Pacific ninebark is a tall, deciduous shrub that grows in our native northwest forest understory. The distinctive bark gives this plant its common name, as it naturally peels and shreds into many layers. Deeply veined, dark green leaves have 3-5 lobes, which are toothed. Round, white flower clusters appear in the spring, and in the fall produces berries that are eaten by birds. The Pacific ninebark can be found in wet, somewhat open spaces from Oregon to British Columbia.
* Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, by Pojar and Mackinnon, is an indispensable field guide to the native plants of this region. Information about all of the plants featured in this Native Plant of the Month segment can be found there.