Physocarpus opulifolius 'Summer Wine' is a compact, hardy and deciduous shrub that is easy to grow in almost any part of the garden. Deep burgundy, wine coloured leaves densely smother this architechtural plant, turning bronze in autumn before they fall to the ground to reveal the characteristic flaking bark of this variety. Ninebark, as it is commonly known, produces clusters of small white flowers along its stems during the summer which contrast nicely with the foliage. An ideal plant as a backdrop to flower borders, or as part of a shrub collection of any size where it will certainly hold its own! Height: 150cm (59"). Spread: 150cm (59").
Water regularly throughout the growing season until young Physocarpus plants are fully established. In spring, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant. After flowering, cut back the flowered shoots to a healthy pair of buds, unless seedheads are required for late season interest.
Physocarpus opulifolius tolerates fairly hard pruning and may be cut back by half every few years to maintain a smaller size. On mature plants cut back about one quarter to one fifth of the oldest shoots to their base, to promote strong new growth.
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