Tiny Wine Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘SMPOTW’)

Tiny Wine Ninebark

  • Light Pink Buds Open to White Flowers in Late Spring
  • Dainty Flowers Make Fabulous Cut Flowers
  • Striking Dark Bronze Maroon Foliage is Colorful Showy Display
  • Season Long Color
  • Naturally Tidy with Small Refined Leaves
  • Dwarf Ninebark is a Great Choice for Patio Containers
  • Fool Proof Plant

Looking for an exquisite smaller shrub for the home landscape that stays compact and colorful all season long? You’ll adore the dwarf selection of Tiny Wine® Ninebark (Tiny Wine® Physocarpus opulifolius ‘SMPOTW’PP26,749).

In springtime, dainty pink flower buds open to round white flower clusters. the blooms are amazingly showy against the intensely colorful leaves. The stems are a deep russet-brown, and the new foliage is a deep bronzy-maroon as it first emerges. As the summer wears on, the foliage matures into a rich burgundy-maroon.

Following the flower display, showy fleshy seed capsules develop that are also borne in clusters. The seed capsules start out purple and mature to a very colorful red. Tiny Wine® provides a wonderful showy display from spring through fall without taking up much room.

Perfectly formed, Tiny Wine® stays dense to the ground and never gets leggy. It is a magnificent selection for smaller lots and in large containers on the patio, too.

Even in winter, you’ll be enchanted once those beautiful leaves have dropped for the winter. Just like other larger Ninebarks, the stems of Tiny Wine® develop a striking peeling appearance. Use these exfoliating deciduous shrubs to bring visual interest to your winter garden.

You’ll appreciate their fast growth rate, even as a smaller plant. These beautiful shrubs are easy to care for.

Use all parts of Tiny Wine® in your cut flower arrangements. Add cut foliage stems to the beautiful flowers for a gorgeous bouquet in a jiffy. In fall, include the seed capsules as excellent cut branches for your flower arrangements.

How to Use Tiny Wine® Ninebark in the Landscape

The leaves have the best color in sunny locations, so plant it in full sun where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Because of their smaller size, Tiny Wine® very versatile and can be used in many landscape applications. Use them in your sunny foundation plantings to add color all season long.

We recommend that you allow them to grow into its natural, upright form. No need to shear them into submission.

Create fantastic dense hedges that define spaces in your landscape. For a solid screen that stays dense all the way to the ground, plant multiple shrubs 2 ½ feet on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Use in a patio planting as a perfect backdrop for your favorite spring-flowering bulbs and annuals. Or, repeat regularly along the length of your perennial border. It stays small enough to face larger shrubs and acts as a brilliantly bold accent.

Tiny Wine® becomes the Thriller in large containers. Pair with contrasting gold-toned plants as filler and chartreuse spilling vines near the edges. Or, keep the overall look cool-toned with blue flowering filler and variegated ivory spillers.

No need to worry about overwintering this incredibly cold-hardy plant. In ground, or in containers, Tiny Wine® is a rugged little variety that can withstand near Arctic winter temperatures of Zone 3.

Tips for Care

There are few shrubs that are easier to grow than Ninebark. This native American shrub adapts to most conditions you can throw at it without batting an eye. Disease resistant, pest resistant and not bothered by woodland critters, it’s hard to find a friendlier shrub for the home gardener.

Tiny Wine® is a wonderful selection of Ninebark that grows well in any soil. It even tolerates clay soils and those that are occasionally stay wet for short periods of time.

Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. This is especially important during the first growing season as the roots work to get established in your native soil. Check the first few inches of soil using your finger. Is it getting dry? Time to water. Still moist? Skip watering that day.

The flowers are borne on last year’s stems, or old wood. Before pruning, allow the spring flowers to bloom and fade fully. Better to do renewal pruning on this shrub than clip along the top to control the size.

Every three years or so, remove the thickest, oldest stems at ground level. You’ll be leaving the thinner, younger stems in place for best flowering. This invigorates your Tiny Wine® for the best performance.

Tiny Wine® Ninebark from Proven Winners® is a wonderfully carefree shrub for your landscape. You’ll find plenty of places to tuck them into your design.

Tiny Wine Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘SMPOTW’) Details

Common name Tiny Wine Ninebark
Botanical name Physocarpus opulifolius 'SMPOTW'
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 3 - 4 ft.
Width 3 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Pink
Leaf color Deciduous