Vesicle: three colors of the warm season


A beginner gardener, of course, wants to grow his garden as quickly as possible. It’s understandable 🙂

The mass of beautiful and widely known plants is represented by beautiful and. alas, slow growing species.

At the same time, there is an impressive list of «green material» that is growing rapidly and is able to appear before garden visitors in all its glory in just two or three years. Such plants include the vesicle.

This shrub is beautiful during flowering, easy to form, fast growing, and is a wonderful decoration of the garden in the autumn.

In the final form, the vesicle grows to a height of up to 3 meters. If you do not interfere much in the formation of a shrub, then it takes on a fountain-like shape. It forms a mass of basal shoots, which stretch out almost without branching and fall to the ground under their own weight. Something similar to weigela. However, this can be explained by their distant relationship. Inflorescences are represented by white-pink colors.

The color of the foliage of the vesicle varies depending on the variety and season: green, lettuce, yellow, yellow-orange, wine, red, copper, purple, pinkish, bordered, veined …

This shrub owes its name to the fruits: Physocarpus (physo — bubble, carpos — fruit). Each berry is hidden in a box. Depending on the variety, the color of the fruit can be yellow-brown, orange, purple-red.

The vesicle is unpretentious to soils, but loves watering. And if you expect the maximum color effect from it, then remember this.

And one more thing: vesicle varieties with dark foliage retain a juicy color in good lighting conditions. In shade, purple leaves turn green while retaining dark veining, while green leaves with yellow edging become monochrome greens.

This shrub is frost-resistant, hibernates without shelter; in especially cold winters, last year’s growths can freeze slightly. The dead parts are pruned in the spring, the shrub quickly recovers over the summer.

The annual growth is 35-45 cm, but this is an average figure. It really depends on the variety. Botanical tall species in the first few years of life can reach one and a half meters. And cultivated low-growing varieties may not stretch even 10 cm. So carefully study the variety that you intend to purchase if growth rate is especially important to you.


Vesicle viburnum (Physocarpus opulifolius)

  • Growth area: North America.
  • Flowering period: June July.
  • Color spectrum: leaves are green; flowers are white; ocher fruits.
  • Height: up to 3 m
  • Growing conditions: in nature, it settles along the banks of water bodies, is undemanding to soils, winters without shelter.
  • Peculiarities: has a lot of varieties that differ in height, color of leaves, flowers and fruits.

Green leaf varieties:

  • Nanus (the shortest, 30-60 cm, the leaves turn yellow in autumn),
  • Nugget (up to 2 m, small-leaved variety, vase-shaped bush),
  • Mindia (1.8-2.4. leaves are reddish in spring, then green),
  • Center Glow (Vase-shaped bush, first yellow-green leaves, then reddish-green).

Yellow-leaved varieties:

  • Luteus (up to 3 m, leaves are yellow-orange in spring, green in summer, yellow again in autumn),
  • Dart’s Gold (up to 1.5 m, leaves are yellow-green).

Purple varieties:

  • Red Baron (up to 2 m, leaves are elongated.),
  • summer wine (compact dense bush 1.2-1.7 m),
  • Diablo (the darkest shade of the leaves, which does not change in autumn, the bush is loose, up to 3 m),
  • Lady in red (1.2-1.8 m, the lightest shade of the leaves),
  • Schuch (dark red bush up to 2 m high).

This wonderful shrub is good for everyone. Any variety can be planted as a solitary planting. It will be especially beautiful and noticeable if you have done a competent pruning in time. There may be two options.

The first is the vesicle, which has a natural fountain-like shape. For this, only five or six basal shoots are left in the plant. In the future, all new ones are removed, and the branches are cut to a height of 1.5 m. In this place they will begin to branch, become heavy and tend to the ground. This type of shaping will not only create a beautiful silhouette. It will give you such joy as the contemplation of lush flowering.

The second way — the shrub is cut at a height of about half a meter. Leave a few strong shoots — the rest are removed. Each subsequent year, the upper branched part of the plant is given the desired shape. It is desirable that it has simple rounded contours. The flowering of the vesicle in this case will be scarce. But the shape and beautiful leaves will look very impressive.


The bush will turn out less loose, and the shape will be clearer if the contours are corrected at least 6 times per season. Basic formation method vesicle — pinching and pruning.

Gardeners skillfully use the ability of this shrub to form contours and fast growth rate when creating a hedge. And let it shed its leaves every autumn, but how exquisitely the whole warm season looks.

The variety of color of the leaves of the vesicle makes it a welcome guest in contrasting compositions.

Considering that the vesicle has a lot of varieties that differ in height and color of foliage, it is successfully combined with each other in contrasting compositions.

Red-leaved varieties are an ideal backdrop for bright flowers (for example, rudbeckia, ligularia) and ornamental leafy plants (hosta, canary, others). To do this, short hedges (walls) are formed from the vesicle in the background of the flower garden.


The vesicle is propagated by seeds, green cuttings, air layering.

The first method is the most optimal for industrial scale and the presence of a greenhouse.

The vesicle is propagated by green cuttings in small horticultural farms. At the end of flowering, cuttings are harvested. They are immersed in a substrate of a mixture of sand, humus and ash. Sections of the cuttings are powdered with rooting powder (Novofert, Kornevin, etc.), the material is immersed in a moist substrate and closed with plastic bottles with cut bottoms. The place should be moderately shaded, closed from the wind. Planting needs to be moistened regularly.

For your own use, the option of reproduction by layering is best suited. From a young branch (growth of last year), growing outward, all leaves are cut off, except for the extreme ones. They bend this branch to the ground and pin it, sprinkling this place with soil. The procedure is carried out in the spring. And next spring, at the place of contact with the ground, you will see a developed root system. The extreme part of the branch with roots is cut off and planted in a permanent place or grown in a school.

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