Summer Wine® Ninebark

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If you want a carefree showstopper shrub in your landscape, all of the varieties in the Ninebark genus really deliver. They give you beautiful colored foliage, early spring flowers, interesting seed capsules and even winter interest. They are all wonderful in their own way. But we think Summer Wine® Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward') really stands out!

It is precious in springtime, with the branches covered with a delicate profusion of clustered pink buds that open to the sweetest white blooms with cute little yellow centers and decorative stamens. Purple-leafed Summer Wine® stays very neat and tidy. It features compact branching and deeply cut, dark purple-crimson leaves all summer long. You will love the look of this flowering shrub in your landscape!

Summer Wine® is showy and extremely hardy and is prized as a landscape shrub and as a cut flower. Ninebark is related to the Rose family. While they don't look like roses, Ninebark flowers are just as pretty as a rose, in their own little way! The foliage turns a bright wine red in autumn and when they fall, you'll start to see the famous Ninebark exfoliating bark. The bark is decorative enough to add winter interest to your yard.

Planting and Application:

Use several plants to create a pretty grouping in the lawn. Use it as a backdrop for shorter shrubs and perennials. If you want to use them in a mass planting - plant them 5 feet apart. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Summer Wine® sure is fine in perennial or shrub borders and as a short screen or friendly-privacy fence.

This compact Ninebark looks amazing in a large container and it's very cold-hardy. In most places, you can leave it out all winter. Give it lots of water in late fall before you get freezes.

  • Dark Foliage Stunning Purple Leaves
  • Fine-Textured, Arching Branches
  • Sweet Pink Buds, White Flowers
  • Bloom in Early Spring - Boon to Pollinators
  • Great in Containers, Hedges, Privacy & En Masse

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Ninebark performs its very best in full sun and well-drained soil conditions. This plant requires little pruning. If you want to, it's best to prune after the spring blooms fade. Don't prune after mid-August, or you'll snip away the flower buds for next spring! Hardy in USDA growing zones 3 - 7 so it is incredibly cold-hardy! Plant in a location that has well-drained organic soil and moderate moisture.

  • Full Sun
  • Loves Moderately Moist Soil
  • Deciduous Cold-Hardy Shrub
  • Prune After Flowers Fade
  • Compact & Hardy Plant

Cold hardy, exfoliating bark, four seasons of interest, blooms and fall color, all wrapped into one fantastic shrub! Order your Summer Wine® Ninebark today! Send us pictures of your project, we'd love to see them!

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