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Potentilla fruticosa 'Tangerine'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Potentilla (poh-ten-TILL-uh) (Info)
Species: fruticosa (froo-tih-KOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tangerine
Hybridized by Slieve Donard Nursery; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1955

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lehua_mc On Jan 10, 2011, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had my Potentilla for one season now, and can tell we will be great friends. It was planted in April, grew double its size over a cool summer, never got supplemental water, and bloomed happily all season. What a relief to have a well behaved, well acclimated summer shrub.

Positive carrielamont On Oct 16, 2006, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This incredibly hardy plant has yet to flower for us - but then again, we have yet to plant it. It's been in its nursery container for two summers... and coming up on two winters. I like the foliage, and tangerine flowers would only add to its appeal!

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

'Tangerine' was the first significant departure from yellow in the shrubby Potentilla, and has been an important parent in many of today's red-orange-apricot cultivars (along with 'Red Ace' which came along nearly 20 years later). Like so many of these ornage-red cultivars coming from Europe, they need light shade or the flowers will fade to yellowish. It is not nearly as prolific as the yellow and white-flowered cultivars.


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

Bend, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

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