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Citrus Tart™ Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa 'Bailcitrus'

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Citrus Tart™ Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Bailcitrus') at Sargent's Gardens

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla flowers

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Bailcitrus') at Sargent's Gardens

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla in bloom

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Bush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil

Brand:  First Editions

Description:

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

Ornamental Features

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla is bathed in stunning lemon yellow flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the branches from late spring to early fall. It has green foliage throughout the season. The small ferny compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. 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.

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla will grow to be about 3 feet 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.

Citrus Tart™ Potentilla makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features