Ninebark Summer Wine
* Common name: Ninebark Summer Wine(R)
* Botanical name: Physocarpus opulifolius
* What it is: A dark-leafed native flowering shrub that gets pinkish-white, nickel-sized, snowball-like flowers in late spring, followed by BB-sized red clusters. Deep blood-red fall foliage.
* Size: A dwarf version of ninebark ‘Diabolo,’ easily maintained at 5-6 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide.
* Where to use: Best leaf color in full sun. Nice specimen or sunny-border shrub.
* Care: Thin out and neaten with hand pruners right after fruits fade. Granular scattering of balanced organic fertilizer in early spring is optional. Very drought-tolerant after first year. Seldom bothered by bugs or disease.
* Great partner: Pink coreopsis ‘Heaven’s Gate’ (perennial) or a pink or rose vinca (annual).