Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark foliage

Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark

Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 3 feet


Hardiness Zone: 3a

Other Names: Eastern Ninebark

Group/Class: ColorChoice Shrubs

Brand: Proven Winners


This stunning garden shrub is a significantly more compact variety; foliage emerges brilliant yellow and matures to green; showy white flowers in spring; also has interesting peeling bark; an excellent choice for a smaller area

Ornamental Features

Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark features showy clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has attractive green foliage with hints of chartreuse which emerges yellow in spring. The serrated lobed leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. It features abundant showy red capsules from early to mid fall. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Tiny Wine® Ninebark

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’).

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 bronze 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 makes a magnificent selection for smaller lots and in large containers on the patio, too.

Even in winter, you’ll find beauty 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.

Try Tiny Wine as a modern, colorful foundation plant. 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.

#ProPlantTips 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 and 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 and remove. 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. Order today from the expert growers at Nature Hills Nursery.

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