Physocarpus opulifolius


USPP 30,232; CBRAF

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  • Colorful foliage
  • Disease resistant
  • Adaptable

Foliage + flowers Deep purple-black foliage – the darkest of any ninebark – give Summer Wine® Black a dramatic presence in the landscape. With its semi-dwarf, compact habit, and disease resistant foliage, it offers outstanding potential for landscapers and homeowners alike.

Awards Award of Merit, Farwest Show

USDA Zone 3 - 7 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 5 - 6'

Width 5 - 6'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Late spring

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Black

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.