Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Goldfinger'

Potentilla fruticosa

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
Registered or introduced: 1970



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.

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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.