Purple Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius Summer Wine®) in the Ninebarks Database

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Summer Wine®
Cultivar name: 'Seward'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet (1.2-1.8m)
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet (1.2-1.8m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP14,821

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Location: IowaDate: 2017-05-15
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Garden - Zone 5Date: Mid-May
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Location: Iowa
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-11-03coloring in autumn
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Date: 2013-05-15
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Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565Date: 2016-05-23
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Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565
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Location: IowaDate: 2017-05-15
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-05-23Blooms appear pink on a cloudy day.
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-05-22mature shrub
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-06-09maturing shrub
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-05-19young flowers and foliage
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-05-28mildew on stems and leaves
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Location: 382 River Road, Pequea, PA 17565Date: May 19, 2015Physocarpus opulifolius Summer Wine
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Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565Date: 2016-05-23
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Comments:
Posted by csandt (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 19, 2015 3:13 AM

The foliage is beautiful! However, I was hoping for pink flowers, based on the description on the label, but the flowers are actually a not-so-pleasing white. Is flower color purely genetic, or is there a soil additive that would turn the flowers pink?

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 8, 2019 10:21 AM

'Summer Wine' is a newer cultivar than 'Diablo' and is used more often nowadays. It is a smaller shrub of 4 to 6 feet high. Its leaves are smaller than the average Ninebark and its slender twigs tend to twist around some and hang out in an irregular fashion. Like 'Diablo' it often gets picked on by Powdery Mildew fungus that causes some death of the twigs and leaves during warm or hot humid or wet times.

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