Plant ID forum: any idea what this bush is?

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Name: Gary
Cincinnati Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Gschnettler
Aug 14, 2016 7:48 AM CST
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 14, 2016 8:26 AM CST
One of the ninebarks (Physocarpus opulifolius)?

Name: Gary
Cincinnati Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Gschnettler
Aug 14, 2016 9:26 AM CST
ok, so you don't think this is a weed. do you think someone probably planted it on purpose?

what should I do with it in terms of care? I don't want it to get very big. should I prune it down heavily this fall?
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 14, 2016 9:48 AM CST
It's a weed if you don't want it there Smiling I would assume someone planted it there since it's purple-leaves.

Depending on cultivar they can get big. I have a couple that have done that and I cut them back severely in spring last year and they were fine.

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