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Orange Whisper Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa 'Orange Whisper'

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Orange Whisper Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Orange Whisper') at Ron Paul Garden Centre

Orange Whisper Potentilla flowers

Orange Whisper Potentilla flowers

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Bush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil

Description:

A naturally dense and mounded shrub with pretty orange flowers on and off from June until frost and fine textured bright green foliage; flower color is best in light afternoon shade, tough and adaptable, dislikes wet soils

Ornamental Features

Orange Whisper Potentilla has orange flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early fall. It has grayish green foliage throughout the season. The small ferny compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Orange Whisper Potentilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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.

Orange Whisper Potentilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Orange Whisper 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.

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