Physocarpus opulifolius Sweet Cherry Tea® with red foliage grown in 3-gallon pot.
Close up of Physocarpus opulifolius Sweet Cherry Tea® foliage.

Physocarpus opulifolius Sweet Cherry Tea® (Dwarf Ninebark) Unity Grown

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Physocarpus opulifolius Sweet Cherry Tea® is a reblooming dark-leaved ninebark cultivar developed by University of Wisconsin River Falls horticulture professor David Zlesak. Noted for its red-orange new growth that matures to a dark red-purple, as well as its rare reblooming trait, with pink and white flowers blooming in spring and again in mid summer!

Growing to a mature size of three to four feet tall and wide, Sweet Cherry Tea® is an excellent dwarf ninebark that has more versatility than its larger relatives, while maintaining the ecological appeal of the straight species. This cultivar's spring and summer flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators, and the red fruits that follow the spring bloom are a favorite of birds too!

Suitable for a variety of locations with full sun, Physocarpus opulifolius Sweet Cherry Tea® is not at all picky about soil quality, and thrives in average to poor soils, so long as it's relatively well draining, making it a great choice for small beds, foundation plantings, and hedgerows. Even after its beautiful leaves fall in the colder months, Sweet Cherry Tea® maintains winter interest with intricate branching patterns and attractive exfoliating bark.

Native to U.S. and Native to Maryland
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average, Poor, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: White and Pink
Foliage color: Purple
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Berries, Winter Interest, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, and Cold Tolerant
Garden Type: Small Space, Foundation Planting, and Pollinator Garden

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