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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Shrubby cinquefoil

Buy potentilla fruticosa from the Lubera garden shop

Enduring flowering pleasure, versatility and minimal care - that is what the Potentilla fruticosa, also known as shrubby cinquefoil, stands for.

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Mango Tango'®

Potentilla fruticosa 'Mango Tango'

From £9.90 *

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Red Ace'

Potentilla fruticosa 'Red Ace' has red flowers from June to October

From £9.90 *


More information about Potentilla fruticosa


The easy to care for nature and the intensive luminosity of these flowers make this Potentilla very popular in the garden. In the Lubera® Garden Shop, you will find a hand-picked selection of shrubby cinquefoils in many colours and growing heights. The typical flower of the small shrub is bright yellow, but the enchanting flowers also shine in white, pink or red. The colourfulness of this plant knows no bounds and extends from the beginning of June to October. If you buy Potentilla fruticosa, it can be used as a ground cover or as a hedge plant - but it is also very good as a decorative eye-catcher in its own right.


Potentilla fruticosa in the Lubera garden shop


Shrubby cinquefoils are very resistant - heat, rain and frost do not bother them much. Depending on the variety, they grow to a height of 50 to 130 centimetres. Take a look at our Lubera assortment and find your favourite!


  • Larger and higher varieties such as 'Pink Beauty' or 'Abbotswood' are suitable as solitary plants as well as for hedges, as border plants or for greening areas. The undemanding variety 'Goldfinger' with fine, finger-shaped, feathery leaves also belongs to this group.
  • Medium tall varieties such as 'Red Ace' (in bright red) or 'Dakota Sunspot'® (golden yellow) as well as 'Red Robin' (orange-red) blend in very well in perennial beds and borders, but they also look fantastic in larger groups or as ground cover.


The right location


The preferred location of the shrubby cinquefoil is full sun, but it also thrives very well in the light shade. If the location does not have a tendency to waterlogging, it will thrive in almost any soil. The soil should be low in nutrients and slightly acidic to slightly alkaline (if the soil is too calcareous, the plant will show an iron deficit). Especially after planting, dryness should be avoided, but once established, cinquefoil plants are also well resistant to temporary drought.




These shrubs can be planted in the frost-free period, but very hot weather phases should be avoided so that the plants can grow. As with all young plants with a small pot, it is worthwhile to break open the root ball well just before planting, sometimes even to tear it open in order to force the roots to take root immediately into the new soil.


Planting distance


A rule of thumb for group planting is this: plant three shrubs per linear metre for a border or low hedge - for higher-growing varieties the distance can be about 40 cm. For use as ground cover, plant four to six plants per square metre.


Care and fertilising


Our Potentilla varieties are absolutely hardy; they do not need winter protection and they will start fresh and cheerful into the spring even after the coldest winter. You are often surprised how quickly the potentilla ground cover or hedge plants turn green again in the spring and how they also start to flower immediately. Caring for them is very easy. In very humus-rich soils, fertilisation can be dispensed with completely. Fertilisation can only be applied once in the spring, which is recommended for very poor soils. Pests are very rare in these plants.




As this shrub will over time become overgrown from below and will only flower on the new shoots, regular pruning is recommended. To promote flowering, it should be pruned in autumn after flowering or in early spring. For planting in large areas, we recommend a simple total pruning to 10 cm above ground level. When planting hedges or small groups of shrubs in perennial beds, the upright medium-high shrubs should be thinned out by cutting the oldest shoots (altogether approx. 30% of all branches) completely back to the ground in order to create space and light for new growth and thus the basis for even more flowers. If you prune a shrubby cinquefoil, you do not necessarily have to wear gloves: Potentilla fruticosa is non-toxic.


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