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Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Tangerine'

Potentilla fruticosa

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
Registered or introduced: 1955



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


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:

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:

Bend, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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.