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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Summer Wine' is often confused with:
Physocarpus opulifolius Flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Aronia melanocarpa Form
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Aesculus sylvatica Aesculus sylvatica

Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius 'Summer Wine'

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Ninebark:

Phonetic Spelling
fy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us
Description

'Summer Wine' Ninebark is a deciduous hybrid shrub that can be pruned to a small tree. It is the result of a cross between P. opulifolius ‘Nanus’  and P. opulifolius ‘Diabolo’. It typically grows up to 6 feet tall and wide, staying more compact than the specimen. The leaves are wine red and showy during the season. In late spring, 1-2 inch clusters of small pinkish flowers appear. The bark is exfoliating and adds winter interest.

Grow this plant in average, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun. It is drought tolerant once established. In the south, it may benefit from some afternoon shade. Grow as a small flowering tree, in a hedge border, on slopes, as a specimen and for winter interest.

More information on Physocarpus opulifolius.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Entryway Garden, Cabarrus County Extension Office
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#small tree#partial shade#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#red leaves#spring flowers#flowering shrub#rocky soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#small tree#partial shade#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#red leaves#spring flowers#flowering shrub#rocky soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Physocarpus
    Species:
    opulifolius
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Hybrid of a SE USA native
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Drooping clusters of reddish fruit
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Dense clusters of 5 petaled flowers in late spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Orbicular
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Oval to round deeply cut wine-red foliage with 3-5 lobes is up to 4 inches long. Color becomes greener in the heat of summer. Fall color is reddish.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Exfoliating bark peels in strip revealing several under colors.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Drought
    Erosion