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Ninebark Sweet Cherry Tea
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Ninebark Sweet Cherry Tea

REBLOOMING! Native deer & drought proof purple foliage shrub thrives in harsh climates. Attrcts bees, butterflies & hummingbirds!
Item: #NINCT5D
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7
As low as $17.99
  • Adaptable & versatile native shrub - 4' x 4'
  • Attracts butterflies, bees & hummingbirds
  • REBLOOMING pink flowers in summer
  • Adaptable to a wide range of soil from clay to loam
  • Drought & Deer Proof
  • Ship Pot Size: 3" wide x 5 " deep pots
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Ninebark Sweet Cherry Tea Description

Sweet Cherry Tea Ninebark -  versatile deer & drought proof native.  Attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Showy exfoliating bark in winter provides 4 seasons of appeal!

Physocarpus or Ninebark is a highly adaptable & underutilized native shrub with colorful purple foliage.Delicate feather leaves begin in spring with warm, reddish-orange glow before aging to purple  Clusters of delicate looking red flowers in early summer give way to coral-red fruit that are loved by birds. In mis-summer flowering starts again with vigorous shoots producing more pink flowers.  It's a workhorse in the garden growing in harsh inhospitable climates where other plants fail. 

Growing 3-4' tall and wide, garden designers are enamored with this flowering shrub which offers showy foliage, color and interest to the garden.  Ultra hardy to Zone 3-7.  Exfoliating bark on mature branches stands out during winter months

Features of Sweet Cherry Tea

  • Beautiful foliage color all season
  • Winter interest - exfoliating bark on mature plants
  • Not bothered by pests of diseases
  • Withstand harsh, tough climates
  • Thrives in moist areas.  Naturally found along streams and waterwise.
  • Use on large banks for erosion control
  • Attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds
  • First re-blooming Ninebark

How to grow Sweet Cherry Tea

Full sun to part shade - exhibits best color in full sun.Adaptable to a wide range of soil types & harsh conditions. Highly adaptable to moist settings.  Once established it is drought tolerant. Can be trimmed to shape after blooms. Cut back stems about 1/3 to make plants bush.  Do not trim past mid summer

How to Design with Ninebark

Purple foliage of Sweet Cherry Tea work well as a foreground planting to Rhamnus. Pair with Miss Molly Butterfly bush, blue Caryopteris or Dogwoodd or Knock Out Roses.  Combine with Coneflowers, or Dayliiles.  Pair with Ornamental Grasses such as Calamagrostis Karl Foerster.  Plant in foundations, mixed border, naturalized gardens, specimens, urban spaes,

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Special Features:  Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fast Growing Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Hummingbird Lovers, Moisture Tolerant, Winter Interest

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Physocarpus opulifolius Sweet Cherry Tea
  • Common Name:
  • Zone:3,4,5,6,7
  • Sun Exposure:
    Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Delivery:
    See Schedule
  • Ship Form:
    3"wide x 5 1/2" deep
  • Soil Type:
    Normal, Clay
  • Soil Moisture:
    Average, Moist, Dry
  • Height x Width:
    4' x 4'
  • Flower Color:
  • Foliage Color:
  • Bloom Season:
    Early Summer
  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Cottage Gardening, Erosion Control,Foundation Planting, Ornamental, Massing, Small Spaces, Specimen, Waterside
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #: 'ZLEBic5' PPAF



Soil: Native plant found along ponds and other moist areas. Not fussy about soil. Tolerates a wide range from clay to loam.
Light: Full sun to part shade. Full sun brings out the best color
Water: Average moisture. Once established is drought tolerant
Spacing 3-4 feet
Fertilizing: Light scattering of slow release fertilizer (such as Osmocote) in mid-spring is sufficient.
Winterizing:No special winter requirements. Attractive exfoliating bark on mature plants
Maintenance & Pruning: Can be pruned to shape after blooming. Cut back stems about 1/3 to make plants bush. Do not trim past mid-summer