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Summer Wine ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward'

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Many gardeners know ninebark as an undistinguished shrub with ordinary green leaves, white flowers, and fall fruit. But ‘Seward,’ sold under the trademark name Summer Wine TM , has outstanding burgundy leaves and pink flowers that bloom in early summer. This plant is super tough and makes a stunning focal point in a summer border.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsDrought tolerant and poisonous.

CareThis plant tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, as long as it is well-drained.

Propagation Hardwood cuttings.

Problems Nothing serious. Occasionally, fireblight or leaf spot.

  • Genus : Physocarpus
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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