Physocarpus Summer Wine®

Cold Hardy to Zone 3
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Features to Note


3 - 7

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

6 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
3 - 7
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


A cross between Physocarpus opulifolius 'Nanum', the seed parent, and P. opulifolius Diabolo®, the pollen parent, Summer Wine® gets its compact, free-branching growth habit and fine texture from 'Nanum' and its striking dark foliage from Diabolo®. In late spring, this spreading deciduous shrub, closely related to genus Spiraea, blooms on old wood in spiraea-like clusters of small, spherical, pinkish white flower "buttons" on arching branches of deeply lobed, undulating wine-red foliage. This ninebark cultivar holds its wine color throughout summer, with the best color in full sun. Fairly concealed most of the year, the reddish to light brown exfoliating layers of bark on mature branches add winter interest.

A trouble-free way to introduce stunning color into the garden or landscape, the bush is tough, vigorous, and drought tolerant. It grows in a wide range of soils, including shallow rocky soil, and is a good choice for areas of erosion. Mature size is approximately 5 to 6 feet tall and wide, but it can be pruned as desired immediately after blooming or cut close to the ground each spring for rejuvenation. Cold hardy to Zone 3, the plant is marginal in the hot and humid climates of the deep South.

Uses: Cut Flowers, Mixed Beds, Mass Plantings, Borders, Containers


Genus: Physocarpus
Species: opulifolius
Variety: 'Seward'
Item Form: Bareroot
Category: Trees and Shrubs
Bloom Season Start: Late Spring
Bloom Season End: Late Spring
Bloom Color: Pink
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 3
USDA Zone High: 7
Uses: Beds, Containers, Cut Flowers
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, PR, VI
Discount Exempt: No



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