• dark foliage and white flower clusters on summer wine ninebark shrubs
  • pink and white blooms on Summer Wine Ninebark
  • dark purple foliage on summer wine ninebark
  • bright pink flowers of Summer Wine Ninebark contrasting against dark leaves

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Proven Winners® Color Choice® Summer Wine® Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward' PP14821

Aging like a fine wine, the Proven Winners Summer Wine® Ninebark plant incorporates beauty, class and color into one stunning shrub! Not to mention it is an extremely hardy, easy-to-care for yard plant.

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Summer Wine Ninebark Shrubs for Sale Online

An exciting improvement to the traditional Ninebark, Summer Wine® Ninebark (physocarpus opulifolius) combines the fine texture and compact branching of Physocarpus 'Nana' with the dark foliage of Physocarpus Diabolo.

The hardy garden plant sports graceful, arching branches that grow stunning deep purple foliage that some may even describe as a deep wine color. The late spring bloomer adds beautiful color and vibrancy to your garden that make for a grand statement. In early June, the Ninebark hybrid blooms with small white flowers that accent the leaves nicely.

Ideal conditions for these extravagant yard shrubs includes full sun and a well draining soil. These low maintenance yard plants do not require much attention and are fairly drought tolerant. The Summer Wine plants can also handle a wide variety of soil conditions.

Add on a strung resistance to powdery mildew and this flowering garden shrub seems pretty indestructible. Pruning and other maintenance are rarely needed for these laidback shrubs.

These Proven Winners plants are commonly used in mass plantings or as part of a mixed border. Physocarpus Summer Wine also looks beautiful when used in cut flower arrangements. This is a trouble-free addition to either the home or commercial landscape.


Growzone: 3-8 Proven Winners® Color Choice® Summer Wine® Ninebark Hardiness Zones 3-8
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: 4 to 8 feet
Mature Width: 4 to 8 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous shrub, Late Spring to Summer flowering
Sunlight: Full Sun to part sun
Habit: Upright, spreading, densely branched
Flower Color: Pinkish White flowers in summer turning to reddish fruit.
Foliage: Purple to shades of Dark Green
Pruning Season: Late Winter to Early spring, promotes increased branching and more flowers.
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting. Provides nectar sources for pollinators. Great winter interest due to the peeling bark.

How to Care for Proven Winners® Color Choice® Summer Wine® Ninebark

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!


Additional Information

History and introduction:

Physocarpus Summer Wine is noted for its deeply cut, wine-red foliage and its dense, free-branching, mounded growth habit. It is the result of a cross between P. opulifolius ‘Nanus’ (seed parent) and P. opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ (pollen parent). It typically grows 4-6’ tall and as wide, but, unlike the species, is noted for retaining compact form. Small pinkish-white, five-petaled flowers in dense, flat, rounded, 1-2” diameter, spiraea-like clusters (corymbs) appear in late spring. Ovate to rounded, usually 3-5 lobed leaves (to 4” long) are wine red. Foliage color tends to green up in hot summer climates as the summer progresses.


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