Physocarpus opulifolius


USPP 14,821; CBR 2641

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  • Colorful foliage
  • Award winner
  • Disease resistant

Mildew-resistant. Award-winning Summer Wine® ninebark combines the fine texture and compact branching of P. 'Nana' with the dark foliage of Diabolo®. In late spring, white button-like flowers accent the deep purple foliage nicely. In trials at Longwood Gardens, it was determined to have the best mildew resistance of all dark-leaf ninebarks. With its graceful, arching habit and landscape-friendly size, it's an easy way to add color and vibrance, especially in spring. Its color, vigor, and disease resistance makes it an excellent choice for cut flower growers looking for reliable foliage filler.

Awards Theodore Klein Award, University of Kentucky Arboretum

USDA Zone 3 - 7 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 5 - 8'

Width 5 - 8'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Late spring

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Purple

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Extremely adaptable to soil pH and moisture levels.

Pruning To best enjoy its naturally graceful habit, avoid habitual cutting back. If required, prune after flowering or thin out oldest stems in late winter/early spring. May benefit from periodic rejuvenation pruning.

Uses Foundation plantings; mixed borders; specimen; hedging; landscaping.

Growing Tips Though physocarpus can grow in part shade, flowering, foliage color, and disease resistance is best with a minimum of six hours of sun. Physocarpus is amenable to pruning and recovers from it quickly; however, frequent cutting back may cause the plant to develop an odd habit.