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University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentilla
Potentilla fruticosa
Potentilla in flower
Size: small


Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage

Leaf spots, mildew and mites can be a problem but are seldom serious.
Hardiness Zone: 2 - 6 
Mature Height: 2-4 Feet
Mature Width: 2-4 Feet
Features: Bright yellow flowers produced from early summer into fall; some cultivars offer white, pink or red-orange flowers; leaves are gray green in summer.
Culture: Full sun; moist, well-drained soils best, but this species tolerates both wet and dry sites; very tolerant of alkaline soils.

Numerous cultivars including:

  • 'Abbottswood' - Blue green foliage and large white flowers, 3 feet tall
  • 'Coronation Triumph' - Abundant, bright yellow flowers on a 3-4 foot tall plant
  • 'Fargo' (Dakota Sunspot®)- Deep golden flowers, 2-3 feet tall
  • 'Gold Drop' - Yellow flowers on a dwarf shrub (2 feet)
  • 'Goldfinger' - Dark green foliage, large yellow flowers, 3-4 feet tall
  • 'McKay's White' - Creamy white flowers, 2-3 feet tall
  • 'Pink Beauty' - Pink flowers on a dwarf shrub (2 feet)
Mature Form: Rounded to broad rounded
Native To: United States, Europe and Asia
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Soil condition: WetWet
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Tolerance: SaltSalt
Tolerance: Soil CompactionSoil Compaction
Tolerance: Wet SitesWet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Use for: Border.Border
Use for: Foundation.Foundation
Use for: Hedge.Hedge
Use for: Massing.Massing
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Foliage Color: Green
Additional Notes:

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