Tiny Wine® Ninebark

Tiny Wine® Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'SMPOTW' PPAF


$19.95
Buy 3+ at $17.95 ea
Buy 6+ at $15.95 ea

Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar Name: 'SMPOTW'.

Never before has there been such a petite, elegant, perfectly formed Ninebark! Suitable for containers as well as the sunny garden, Tiny Wine® takes this adaptable native shrub to a whole new level with delicate pleated burgundy-maroon foliage, merrily striped white-and-pink blooms, superior mildew resistance, and an ultra-compact habit clothed to the ground in lush foliage and never leggy!

Tiny Wine® is the smallest Ninebark yet, reaching only 3 to 4 feet high and perhaps 4 to 5 feet wide at maturity. Unlike the species, which can become very tall and rangy, it won't flop or open, keeping its upright stems tightly packed and neat. The stems themselves are a rich russet-brown, with new foliage of bright maroon-bronze, changing to burgundy and then keeping these dark red tones throughout summer and fall. Very showy, very unusual!

The leaves themselves are attractive as well. Quite small and sharply lobed and veined, they have a pleated look that adds texture to the display. And in late spring and early summer, they are almost obliterated by round puffball blooms of white with pinkish-red stripes! The flowers appear all up and down these long, straight stems, creating an unforgettable display that lasts for several weeks.

After the blooms pass, the foliage retains its crisp texture and bronze accents throughout the remainder of summer and into fall before dropping for winter. Tiny Wine® is a selection of our native American species, so it is very adaptable to adversity and easy to maintain. Given consistent moisture (in the wild, it is often found growing at the edges of streams and in moist woodlands) and plenty of sunshine, it is virtually self-sufficient.

And unlike older varieties, Tiny Wine® is quite mildew-resistant, its foliage remaining fresh and lush from spring through fall. And the plant habit stays compact no matter what the weather does, refusing to become leggy in high heat. Such an improvement over previous selections, and such a fine addition to garden and container! Add this exciting new shrub to your landscape this season. Zones 3 to 7.