Good News for Small Gardens

Physocarpus bushes can get huge, but they have so much all-season interest and are so easy to grow that they rate a place in a garden. I grow ‘Diablo’ with dusky purple foliage, and now there is a dwarf variety,’Tiny Wine’ Physocarpus for smaller gardens.

Tiny Wineâ„¢ Physocarpus opulifolius

It still tops out at 3 to 5 feet, but that is quite manageable compared to the normal heights of 10′ to 15′. The dwarf designation is often a relative one. But this one is a good size to consider if designing a smaller space.

Dwarf ‘Tiny Wine’ Physocarpus Features

  • Attractive spring flowers
  • Dusky foliage makes great contrast
  • Native plant with fall berries
  • Hardy Zones 3-8
  • Low Maintenance

It is a deciduous shrub with spring flowers in a button ball shape and later berries. The birds enjoy them, but they are not particularly showy. The fall foliage has a reddish color.

Visually a strong anchor, the dark foliage brings good contrast to plants with lighter, brighter foliage.

I like the Ninebark near the street or along a drive because they are tolerant of wind and salt.

It is a good candidate for those who wish to add more native plants to their landscape. Native shrubs are better for birds and other wildlife, are accustomed naturally to the local environment which makes lower maintenance demands.

Tiny Wine Ninebark bush

Physocarpus ‘TINY WINE’

Bushes are always welcome in the landscape because they bring flowering beauty along with the labor saving features of a woody plant. Since most of the labor involved in upkeep of shrubs centers on pruning, a dwarf size brings further benefits.

Less work, more beauty, what is not to love?

The colors of ‘Tiny Wine’ Physocarpus look especially pleasing with apricot and soft orange which draws out the bronzy base to the leaf color. Warm pink flowers, other plants with a reddish foliage tint, like Euphorbia polychroma ‘Bonfire’ can play against the dark background of ‘Tiny Wine’.