Ninebark is a large (6′) shrub that develops long arching branches that provide excellent cover for wildlife. The outer layer of the bark peels in thin papery sheets leaving new, red wood underneath. Blossoms are white and are highly attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Ninebark produces seed that is eaten by finches, wrens, chickadees, and ruffled grouse. Ninebark is relatively fast growing and usually found in upland woods, rocky shores, bluffs, and riverbanks. Though it is occasionally found in brushy wetlands, it is fairly drought tolerant.