Potentilla fruticosa - Potentilla
Family: Rosaceae

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Potentilla fruticosa represents a group of dwarf shrubs with exceptional flowering habits that is available in a wide range of colors and that flowers for long periods of time. Potentilla has small flowers but produces them from early summer to autumn. Potentilla grows best in full sun and any but a heavy soil. It is a low, mound-like plant with good drought resistance and freedom from serious pest problems. The foliage is usually bluish-green. Rejuvenate this plant with severe pruning every 2-3 yrs.

Alternate common name: Bush Cinquefoil

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  form Form

-small deciduous shrub

-2-4' high x 2-4' wide

-low, rounded form

-often irregular

foliage Foliage

-alternate arrangement

-pinnately compound leaves

-usually 5 leaflets (1/2-1" long and half as wide)

-leaflets narrow elliptic with pointed apex

-entire margin

-no petiole (sessile)

-dark green

-autumn color greenish yellow, not effective

Flowers
flowers

-single to double, depending on the cultivar

-rounded, with 5 petals

-1" or wider in diameter

-white, yellow, red (depending on the cultivar)

-long flowering period starting in June and often until frost

Fruit
fruit

-brown, hairy achene

-not ornamental

Twig

-fine strips of peeling bark with age

-plants very twiggy

Trunk

-not applicable

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Culture

-full sun to partial shade

-tolerates most well-drained soils, from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline

-easy to transplant and culture

-adaptable and urban tolerant

-generally pest and disease free

-widely available

Hardiness

-zones 4 to 7

Origin

-found throughout the Northern Hemisphere

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Assets

-long flowering period, abundant display of flowers

-tolerant of heat, humidity, drought, and average or poor soils

Liabilities

-can become scraggly unless properly pruned

Function

-excellent in borders or rock gardens

-massing low hedge

Texture

-fine texture when bare

-very dense

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Varieties and Cultivars - Search OSU PlantFacts for additional plants in this species

Alternates

-low, deciduous shrubs (Berberis thunbergii, Chaenomeles japonica, Philadelphus spp., Spiraea spp., etc.)

 


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