Summer Wine® Black Ninebark

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Extreme Foliage Summer Wine Black Ninebark

  • The Darkest Ninebark Foliage Available
  • Incredible Color
  • Sophisticated Accent with Four Seasons of Interest
  • Snowy White Clusters of Flowers Attract Butterflies
  • Exceptional Cut Flowers
  • No Deadheading Required
  • Native Ninebark
  • Noteworthy Exfoliating Bark
  • Compact Version of Diabolo Ninebark
  • Use as Screening or Hedge
  • Can Be Grown in Extra-Large Containers for Years
  • Arching Shrub Needs Little Pruning
  • Low-Maintenance
  • Disease Resistant Shrub
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste

Crave delectably dark color that easily turns your landscape into a showpiece? This showy selection is perfect for beginning gardeners. It also works perfectly for those of us who are too busy (or smart!) to fuss with demanding landscape plants.

A fabulous cultivar of native Ninebark, Summer Wine Black (Physocarpus opulifolius 'SMNPMS' PP# 30,232) offers some of the deepest, boldest color available on the market.

It's very easy to grow, as well! With a compact, naturally arched form, Summer Wine Black looks incredible all year-long.

Don't you love it when you find a plant that really doesn't need any fuss to look its best all the time?

Proven Winners team selected this variety for its lush pigment and high performance. They were also impressed at the incredible snowy-white bloom clusters.

These blooms lavishly cover the tips of the branches in springtime. Get ready for the compliments of this contrasting, classy choice.

Snip them for elegant flower arrangement! Don't forget to add the dramatic foliage, as well.

You'll love the rich depth of color delivered by the gorgeous foliage all season. Summer Wine Black is truly Blackberry-level purple; and it turns heads while holding true into autumn.

Once those cooler nights come on in fall, the leaves burnish into a lovely red-purple for a brilliant display. In wintertime, you'll even have some interest from the famous exfoliating "Ninebark".

Perhaps best of all is the ease of care. Ninebarks are already easy shrubs, and this cultivar is one of the best. Give it plenty of room, and you'll need only prune to renew, never to shape.

Go ahead and make people stare!

The outstanding good looks of Summer Wine Black Ninebark effortlessly elevate the tone of your garden design. Order yours today!

How to Use Summer Wine Black Ninebark in the Landscape

These amazing shrubs make the perfect specimen. Use one at the corner of your home, or a pair flanking either side of your outdoor kitchen.

Easy-breezy care, coupled with astonishingly dark foliage and pristine blooms? Use them in your mixed borders, as well.

They make a memorable backdrop for sunny-yellow Groundcover Roses, Daylilies or Black-Eyed Susans. Let them become a dark curtain for an all-white Moon Garden.

Plant them in the ground, or pop them in huge outdoor containers for a fun look. March them along your pool deck or patio for a near-tropical feeling.

Style them anyway you'd like! This shrub can handle a "lot of look" and compliments urban or rustic properties equally as well.

Summer Wine Black Ninebark is cloaked in saturated foliage all the way to the ground. These shrubs make an excellent privacy screen wherever you need it.

Plant a hedge to shield your patio seating. Try several to block your child's play structure from the street view. Grow them in a pot on your balcony to create a blissfully secure escape.

Plant four feet apart on center to create a solid screen. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Ninebark needs full sun for the darkest color. Provide at least six hours of direct sunlight.

Ensure their planting soil drains quickly after rain. Otherwise, you'll want to plant them in a raised bed.

If you'll keep them in containers, we recommend that you drill additional drainage holes in your container. Elevate it with bricks or clay feet and avoid placing a saucer underneath.

Water Summer Wine Black Ninebark carefully during its first season. Container-grown plants need supplemental water always. In-ground plants need supplemental water in times of drought.

Prune, if needed, right after the flowers are faded and dried. Don't delay, or you'll risk cutting off the blooms for next year.

Conduct periodic renewal pruning every few years to keep your shrub flowering well. Remove the thickest, oldest stems at ground level and leave young, thin stems in place.

Get deep, rich, mysterious color all season without having to lift a finger. Order your Summer Wine Black Ninebark today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Summer Wine® Black Ninebark Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Physocarpus opulifolius 'SMNPMS'
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Black
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
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