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Physocarpus, Ninebark, Purple Ninebark, Eastern Ninebark 'Summer Wine'

Physocarpus opulifolius

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physocarpus (fy-so-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: opulifolius (op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Wine
Additional cultivar information:(PP14821; aka Seward, Summer Wine)
Hybridized by Wood
Registered or introduced: 2004



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sebastopol, California

Denver, Colorado

Brookfield, Connecticut

Stratford, Connecticut

Downers Grove, Illinois

Bloomington, Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

Mishawaka, Indiana

Kingman, Kansas

Princeton, Kansas

Dracut, Massachusetts

Topsfield, Massachusetts

Laingsburg, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Midland, Michigan

Plymouth, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Victoria, Minnesota

Polson, Montana

Whiting, New Jersey

Poughkeepsie, New York

Asheville, North Carolina

Fort Jennings, Ohio

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Auburntown, Tennessee

Christiana, Tennessee

Woodlawn, Tennessee

Brenham, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Arlington, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

East Troy, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 15, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

'Summer Wine' and 'Diablo' are the two most commonly sold Ninebarks at most conventional nurseries in the Midwest and East USA. (I only find the green mother species sold at native plant nurseries.) Both red-leaved cultivars are fast growing, reliable, easy to grow, and just need some selective pruning with hand pruners every so often. They are both best left in their natural form. Summer Wine has smaller, more deeply lobed leaves and its habit has some droopiness of the outer branches.


On Nov 19, 2012, Gardeningman from Kingman, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

I purchased a one gallon Ninebark 'Summer Wine' from Sooner Plant Farm last spring. I planted it in a southeast facing corner of my house, and it is doing excellent. It receives morning sun and afternoon shade. It was more green than purple during the summer with the 100 degree temps we experienced here in South Central Kansas. However, once the weather cooled off in October the Ninebark's leaves turned a nice dark purple color. It has proven to be a very hardy shrub. It is now November 19, 2012 and has still not gone dormant although everything else in my area has. I included a photo link in this post, and you can see some bright red fall color on a few of the leaves, but most of the leaves are still holding that dark purple color.
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On Mar 6, 2012, lindypuddin from stony mountain, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

i planted summer wine 2009 in a mixed bed in my front yard
manitoba canada zone 3a.
it spent the first year settling in but now is doing very well.
the deep burgandy color goes well with the pale yellow siding of my house. it has :
new growth comes from the center
outside growth arches and blooms touching the ground
it is extremly hardy, budding to branch tips
loves the sun, but likes to be kept well-watered
very pretty even in the winter
have also included now ninebark hot chocolate in my


On Feb 27, 2011, candyinpok from Mid-Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This shrub is beautiful all year round. It's a haven for the birds and completely carefree.


On May 24, 2009, etremmel from Downers Grove, IL wrote:

Planted 5 last summer in full sun. One died for some reason, the rest doing well. They are pretty in the summer, and they are going to bloom this year. We have heavy clay soil and a slope and the one that died was at the bottom of the slope, so I wonder if it got too much water. We didn't notice any interesting bark during the winter, though.

Question: We bought one from a different nursery this spring to replace the one that died and it has a very upright habit (it's a little more mature, I would say), but all the ones we have from last year are weeping (which is not what I was looking for). Which is the more natural tendency? If the old ones weren't weeping, they would be creating the screen I was looking for. Thanks!


On Oct 24, 2007, indianna from Bloomington, IN wrote:

I bought 2 Summer Wines for foliage plants for flower arranging. I didn't know about their beautiful flowers and even more beautiful fruits. Migrating warblers frolic in the lovely arching branches (25Cerulean w. Oct 7) as do resident birds. The Indiana drought did not harm them.


On May 30, 2007, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

A very desirable shrub, it has good form, is very hardy and does not seems to a have many pests and diseases.
Its foliage is a bronzy purple which it retains through the season. It is said to grow to 5', a more compact form. An easy, attractive and tidy addition to the border.