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Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldfinger'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Potentilla (poh-ten-TILL-uh) (Info)
Species: fruticosa (froo-tih-KOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Goldfinger
Hybridized by Knol, Netherlands; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1970

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clary On Aug 22, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant has exploded into the market in my region; I even heard a garden center shopper turn it down because it was "too common." It's in parking lot medians and clustered around business signs everywhere around here. Like a knockout rose or daylily, if you can see beyond its popularity, this plant has a lot to offer.

I have these planted in my rose garden and the ferny foliage and loose texture provide a great foundation for the roses. The yellow flowers are a perfect contrast to the roses' pinks and reds. I was concerned about the tendency of the potentilla to hold browned twigs and leaves while growing and flowering, but I now appreciate it because it minimizes the appearance of any scraggly leaves or dead blossoms on the roses.

This plant is drought-resistant (it won't look as nice but it won't die immediately). It will produce green leaves and yellow flowers the entire growing season as long as it gets ample water. Mine tend to look pretty good all year because I water the roses frequently; those in institutional plantings do get a bit scraggly during July and August - in an artful, wild tumbleweed sort of way.

(The flowers are a true buttercup yellow, not what I would call "gold.")

Positive Todd_Boland On Nov 22, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Goldfinger' is another standard in the landscape industry within Canada. This cultivar forms a fairly large, round bush 4-5 feet tall. Very floriferous with fairly large flowers. It blooms a little later than many cultivars but flowers up to frost. Popular for foundations as well as parks and roadside medians. It is still considered by many the best Potentilla on the market.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oxford, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Elkhart, Indiana
Clinton Township, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Cleveland, Ohio
Bend, Oregon
Mill City, Oregon
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Vernon, Vermont

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