Shrubby cinquefoil

Potentilla fruticosa

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa)
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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.

Overview

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

Potentilla fruticosa