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Cheesehead™ Potentilla

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This naturally compact upright mounded shrub produces bright, enthusiastic yellow flowers all season long; fine textured dark green foliage makes a good groundcover; hardy, tough and adaptable to all conditions, but dislikes wet soils

Characteristics

Species:
fruticosa
Other Species Names:
Bush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Potentilla
Cultivar:
SMPFMY
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
yellow
Flower Eye Color:
gold
Flower Period:
from late spring to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Cheesehead™ Potentilla is bathed in stunning yellow flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the branches from late spring to late summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The small ferny compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Cheesehead™ Potentilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Cheesehead™ Potentilla will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Cheesehead™ Potentilla makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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