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The name “ninebark” derives from the peeling mature bark, which makes it look like there are multiple layers of bark on the plant. It is a very appealing winter effect. Ninebark is a rugged native plant that is very useful for cold, exposed landscapes. Ginger Wine® expands the color palette for this species: spring foliage emerges orange then matures to burgundy. It has superior disease-resistance, including resistance to powdery mildew. It adds durable season-long color to landscapes, and can also be used as a cut flower. Physocarpus will tolerate clay soils, and established plants will also tolerate some drought.


Botanical Name Physocarpus opulifolius 'SMNPOBLR' PP#28,695, CBR#5939

Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Red Orange

Height 5-6'

Width/Spread 5-6'

Exposure Full Sun

Soil Moist

Bloom Time Late Spring

Uses Borders, Foundations, Low Hedges, Mass Planting

Features Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Cut flower, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Foliage interest, Native


Plant Care

Prune as needed immediately after flowering; older plants can be rejuvenated by trimming branches down to the ground in winter.


Photos and information courtesy of Proven Winners

Ginger Wine® Ninebark

  • 4" Quart Pot 

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