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    Yellow Gem Potentilla

    Potentilla fruticosa 'Yellow Gem'

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    Yellow Gem Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Yellow Gem') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Yellow Gem Potentilla flowers

    Yellow Gem Potentilla flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Yellow Gem Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Yellow Gem') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Yellow Gem Potentilla in bloom

    Yellow Gem Potentilla in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  24 inches

    Spread:  3 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2a

    Other Names:  Bush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil

    Description:

    A popular low growing spreading variety with showy bright yellow flowers from June until frost and fine textured gray-green foliage; the ultimate flowering shrub for northern gardens, hardy, tough and adaptable to all conditions, but dislikes wet soils

    Ornamental Features

    Yellow Gem Potentilla has yellow flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early fall. It has grayish green foliage throughout the season. The small ferny compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Yellow Gem Potentilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Yellow Gem Potentilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Yellow Gem Potentilla will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. 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. 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.

     
     
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