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Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark — 2003 Plant of Merit & Grow Native

Summer Wine is a cultivar of the tough, thicket-forming, Missouri native deciduous shrub grows 5-8 feet tall with gracefully arching branches. Year round ornamental features include spirea-like clusters of pinkish to white flowers in spring, lobed dark green leaves in summer and inflated capsule-like fruits that mature in autumn. After leaf drop and throughout winter, the exfoliating reddish-brown bark, for which this plant is named, is best observed. Good for shrub borders, open woodland areas and naturalized areas.