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Ginger Wine® Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius 'SMNPOBLR' PP #28,695; CPBRAF

This fuss-free deciduous shrub with sparkling burgundy foliage and unique peeling bark creates a stunning backdrop in shrub borders. Spring foliage is a radiant orange. Pink-white blooms are lovely in floral arrangements. An adaptable North American native well-suited to difficult sites. Excellent for use as an informal hedge or screen.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.


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Botanical Pronunciationfy-so-KAR-pus op-yoo-lih-FOH-lee-us
LoreThe Latin name Physocarpus comes from the Greek words physo (bladder) and karpon (fruit) in reference to the red bladder-shaped fruits that appear after flowering. The common name of Ninebark comes from the appearance of the bark which is peels away in layers. The inner bark was brewed into a pain reliever and remedy for many other maladies by Native American tribes within this plant's range. Roots were sometimes steam cooked and eaten and plants were used as charms to cause bad luck.
Average Size at MaturityRounded, upright form; reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer.
Design IdeasThis is a beautiful native shrub that is ideal for the Pacific Northwest and other moist areas prone to acidic soils. Its great fall color and unique winter bark display makes it a good background plant for beds and borders. It's a natural as a single specimen for sunny spots of woodland or wild gardens. Excellent choice for all native and wildlife gardens where seasonal changes and habitat are crucial. A highly colorful and versatile addition to larger landscapes.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsFeather Reed Grass (Calmagrostis); Boxwood (Buxus); Spirea (Spiraea); Potentilla (Potentilla); Blue Spruce (Picea); Weigela (Weigela)

Thrives in average, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Best color in full sun. Avoid extreme heat and humidity; prefers cool regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Blooms on old wood; if desired, prune after flowering to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-7

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