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Summer Wine® Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 60 - 72 Inches
$16.99
Size: Quart
$34.99
Size: One Gallon
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Summer Wine® Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius
Sun 60 - 72

Features

Rich, dark purple foliage all season and soft pink flowers in late spring. Adaptable. Easy to grow. Native.  This variety has superior resistance to powdery mildew, a common problem with ninebark.

Fall Interest
Drought Tolerant
Native to North America

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
60 - 72 Inches
Spacing: 
72 - 84 Inches
Spread: 
60 - 72 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Shade: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Black/Purple
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Late Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Cut Flower
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
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.  Best if pruned immediately after blooming. Buds set the summer prior to blooming. May benefit from a good hard pruning as a young plant. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

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. Smaller than other ninebark varieties, 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 if 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.

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
  • 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!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Marcus Boucher
    Chilliwack
    British Columbia
    Canada
    1 year 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    karen
    3 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    linda dukeman
    3 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    deb
    4 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.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Irene
    4 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 .

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Russell Studebaker
    New Jersey
    United States
    4 years ago
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    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    hxmlvcvthu
    Georgia
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Excellent dark foliage and amazing bugundy in the Autumn !

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Joy O'Connor
    Ontario
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • Beautiful shrub! :)

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Diane
    Illinois
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Russell Studebaker
    Illinois
    United States
    4 years ago
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    Color SchemeEarth Tones
    ExposureSun
    Pot Size30 Inches
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