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


-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


-brown, hairy achene

-not ornamental


-fine strips of peeling bark with age

-plants very twiggy


-not applicable

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-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


-zones 4 to 7


-found throughout the Northern Hemisphere

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-long flowering period, abundant display of flowers

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


-can become scraggly unless properly pruned


-excellent in borders or rock gardens

-massing low hedge


-fine texture when bare

-very dense

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


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


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