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

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Summer Wine Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward' Plant Patent #14821

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Summer Wine Ninebark Shrubs for Sale Online

An exciting improvement to Ninebark, Physocarpus Summer Wine combines the fine texture and compact branching of Physocarpus 'Nana' with the dark foliage of Physocarpus Diabolo. Smaller than other ninebark varieties, Physocarpus 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 are rarely needed. Use it as a bold accent or part of a mixed border. Physocarpus Summer Wine may even be cut for use in arrangements. This is a trouble-free addition to either the home or commercial landscape.


Growzone: 3-8 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 Summer Wine Ninebark

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Physocarpus Summer Wine plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Physocarpus Summer Wine to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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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