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Summer Wine® Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius

  • Sun
Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
8' 8' 2.4m 2.4m
Height: 5' - 8'
Spread: 5' - 8'
Height: 1.5m - 2.4m
Spread: 1.5m - 2.4m
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  • Details

    60 - 96 Inches
    72 - 84 Inches
    60 - 96 Inches
    1.5m - 2.4m
    1.8m - 2.1m
    1.5m - 2.4m


    Easy, durable summer color!

    An exciting improvement to Ninebark, Summer Wine combines the fine texture and compact branching of Physocarpus 'Nana' with the dark foliage of Physocarpus Diabolo. Summer Wine is an easy way to introduce wine-colored foliage into the home garden. It is fast-growing and has few, if any, pest problems. Its graceful, arching habit makes it very appealing in the landscape. It adds beautiful color and vibrancy to your garden, especially in spring. In early June it blooms with white button-like flowers that accent the leaves nicely. Pruning and other maintenance is rarely needed. Use it as a bold accent or part of a mixed border. Summer Wine may even be cut for use in arrangements. This is a trouble-free addition to either the home or commercial landscape.

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    Fall Interest
    Drought Tolerant
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 96 Inches 1.5m - 2.4m
    72 - 84 Inches 1.8m - 2.1m
    60 - 96 Inches 1.5m - 2.4m
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Great as a landscape shrub and as a cut flower. Good in groupings and masses, perennial and shrub borders, use in containers (plant in ground in fall). This is a tough, adaptable plant that is ideal for difficult sites.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Adaptable to difficult situations. Withstands acidic and alkaline soils. Medium moisture is best but can tolerate dry conditions once established. Prefers open sites with good air circulation. This variety has good resistance to powdery mildew.  It is best to avoid regular pruning of ninebarks, which disrupts their naturally elegant habit. However, if you wish to prune your plant selectively, do so immediately after flowering in spring.

    Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    Consumer Comment:

    I bought 5 of these for privacy for my front yard patio. I have had them in for a little over 2 years. I put them in the ground in fall. They did well over a cold Michigan winter. I pinched the tips as directed the first year. The next year I couldn't help but let it go to see the flowers. They were just beautiful. They are white but look pale pink in contrast to the deep purple leaves - they looked like little buttons. I did trim them down twice to control their growth. They grew about 2 feet more this year. They filled out nice and full also. A couple of new branches bloomed again this October. I cannot tell you the compliments I have received.
    C Kaczmarek, MI

    Summer Wine® Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward' USPP 14,821, Can 2,641
  • 27 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Grows crummy nothing

      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 6 weeks ago
    • Beautiful flowers and foliage! To keep this one healthy and happy, water lots during the first year.

      Jennifer Winship
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 5 years ago
    • Really great shrub! I always avoided ninebarks because they get huge; not the case with this one. Beautiful flowers! I get lots of compliments on these shrubs. The dark foliage pairs really well with orange heleniums. Strongly recommend regular waterings during the first year!

      Marcus Boucher
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 9 years ago
    • This is an excellent shrub. Not only is it pretty in bloom it is also lovely when not in bloom. Also- it survived moving to our new house, and my landscaper told me it would do fine in a raised bed above a retaining wall where there is less water available. He told me I would never have to worry about a ninebark in this tough situation. I look forward to it's regrowth since I had to severely prune it to move it and eventually cascading over the wall. Right now it is quite alive after the move and a winter, which is more than I can say for 2 other large shrub/ trees I moved.

      , 12 years ago
    • This is a beautiful shrub. Absolutely gorgeous when in bloom. It thrives as a foundation planting with less than ideal sun and water.

      linda dukeman
      , 12 years ago
    • deb
      , 12 years ago
    • I live in eastern Oregon and we usually have frost as late as the end of May. The Summerwine has weathered our cold, wet , and extremely hot weather conditions. In fact, it is a no fuss plant that has excelled on its growth and flowers.

      , 12 years ago
    • Beautiful shrubs! Watered them the first summer regularly, as directed. Once they take root, they only need watering during very dry times. Filled in a bare spot, making a very nice "screen." We don't cut them back so they are now about 6' in 3 yrs .

      Russell Studebaker
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Excellent dark foliage and amazing bugundy in the Autumn !

      Joy O'Connor
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 12 years ago
    • Beautiful shrub! :)

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
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