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Ninebark - Summer Wine / Size 1
Summer Wine Ninebark

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*Availability Status: Available for early order - Shipment after 3/15/18
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 12" - 16" tall

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price : $8.95

Product Code: NBKSUM1

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Summer Wine'

Overall Description

Summer Wine Ninebark is a dark reddish-purple leaved strain of the original version of Ninebark that was developed for it's amazingly brilliant deep burgundy foliage color. New growth is a nice reddish burgundy color, which matures into a slightly darker, deeper burgundy........oftentimes having a nearly black appearance in optimum soil conditions. Please note - sun exposure is needed for best & darkest color display at all foliage stages. Failure to provide good full sun exposure will result in colors fading overall, especially with green color bleeding through the normally mature dark burgundy color. Bark on older stems begins to peel in papery strips, revealing a rich brown inner bark.

Can be trimmed / pruned to just about any shape or size to meet the needs of just about any landscape area. Has a nice display of small pastel pink & white mixed flowers that bloom from May thru the end of June. These small flowers are a great standout against the rich burgundy foliage and, after blooming will result in bright fiery red colored fruit / seeds that remain on the shrub for some time. Most commonly used as a group planting of 3 - 5 plants to fill in areas where conditions are less than favorable, or where a color contrast is needed to break up too much green color. Adapts very well to adverse, difficult situations - withstands acidic or alkaline soils, dry conditions, and will take either full sun or partial shade. In our opinion, looks best when maintained at a height no greater than 5 - 6 ft high, and trimmed regularly.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 4 - 6 ft ( can be maintained at almost any height through trimming )

--Mature Width : 4 - 6 ft.

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 8" - 14" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade - but full sun preferred

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist & fertile - but will adapt to most any soil type

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous - Medium to large leaves have three distinct major lobes that start out as a red / burgundy color. These leaves mature to a deep dark burgundy color. Leaves will be darkest with good sun exposure, and will have a little dark green cast if not enough sun is seen.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Small pastel pink & white flower heads appear in May. Flower heads are followed by brightly red colored fruit / seed.

--Diseases / Insects :
No major problems noted with this species. Noted to be extremely resistant to powdery mildew.

--Recommended Spacing :
No particular recommendations - all depends on intended use

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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