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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. Summer Wine® combines the dramatic color of Diabolo® with the fine texture and compact branching of ‘Nana’. The compact habit makes it a good choice for residential landscapes. 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 extablished plants will also tolerate some drought.


Botanical Name Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward' PP#14,821, CBR#2641

Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Purple

Height 5-6'

Width/Spread 5-6'

Exposure Full Sun

Soil Moist

Bloom Time Late Spring

Uses Borders, Containers, Low Hedges, Mass Planting

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


Plant Care

This plant does best in sites with good air circulation. 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 

Summer Wine® Ninebark

  • 4" Quart Pot

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