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Summer Wine® Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius

(22 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
72" 72"
Height
60 - 72"
Spread
60 - 72"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 7

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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  • 7
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    Features

    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.

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    Fall Interest
    Drought Tolerant
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
    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.  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
  • 22 Reviews

    • Beautiful flowers and foliage! To keep this one healthy and happy, water lots during the first year.

      Jennifer Winship
      British Columbia
      Canada
      51 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

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

      Irene
      7 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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      Georgia
      United States
      8 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • Excellent dark foliage and amazing bugundy in the Autumn !

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

      Diane
      Illinois
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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