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Scientific Name: Potentilla fruticosa ( syn. Dasiphora )
Pronunciation: poe-ten-TIL-ah frew-tih-KOE-sah
Common Name: potentilla, cinquefoil
Family Name: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Key ID Features: Small, round deciduous shrub; leaves compound-palmate, with 5(-7) alternating, mostly elliptical leaflets 1-2 cm long. Winter ID: very twiggy; bark shaggy, cinnamon coloured; fruit 5-lobed that sometimes persist in winter.
Course(s): AARB 1012, Level 2 Apprenticeship, CLT Training, HORT 1155

Habit: Twiggy, Upright
Form: Mounded, Oval - horizontal
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: B.C. east of Cascades, B.C. west of Cascades, Canada - central, Canada - eastern, Canada - northern, Europe, U.S. - central, U.S. - northeast, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Rating: Zone 2: (-46 to -40 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Water Use: Low, Moderate
Landscape Uses: Alpine, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Small garden/space
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars on campus or shown include Potentilla ‘Yellow Gem’, P. ‘Goldfinger', P. ‘Red Ace’, P. ‘Sunset’, P. 'Abbotswood', and P. 'Pink Beauty'.
potentilla, cinquefoil
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Compound
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glandular hairs, Lustrous
Compound Leaf: Odd-pinnate
Colour in Fall: Green, Yellow, Brown
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Cyme
Flower Morphology:
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Red, Dark-red, (Species has yellow flowers. Many cultivars with white, orange, pink, or red flowers exist.)
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Additional Info: Many simple pistils

Fruit Type: Achene, Aggregate fruit
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Not showy, Accessory tissue

Bark Morphology: Exfoliating, Multi-stem trunk
Bark or Stem Colour: Brown
Organ Modifications: Fibrous-like roots

Propagation: Seed, Softwood cuttings, Tissue culture
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, ( Disease resistant, Deer resistant, Drought resistant )
(NRY) NuRserY
(ONW) Overpass North side West : cv. Goldfinger
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