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Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby cinquefoil)

Potentilla fruticosa Photo/Illustration: Charles Mann


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name:Potentilla fruticosa poe-ten-TIL-ah frew-tih-KOE-sah Common Name: Shrubby cinquefoil Genus: Potentilla
Shrubby cinquefoil is a bushy deciduous shrub growing to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide that has been bred to include a multitude of cultivars that bear flowers in a large array of colors including white, yellow, pink, peach, orange, and red. The flowers are small, single, and rose-like and appear continuously from late spring to early fall on finely textured , dark green foliage.  
Care: Provide full sun and well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 7. Prune lightly in spring since flowering occurs on new growth.
Propagation:

 Sow seeds in fall or spring, or take softwood cuttings in early summer.


Problems:

 Downy and powdery mildews, rust, and fungal leaf spots can be problems.


Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium;Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Early Summer; Fall; Late Spring; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Orange/ Salmon Flower; Pink Flower; Red Flower; White Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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