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Gold Drop Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa

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Gold Drop Potentilla. Green shrub with yellow flowers

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Known for its bright yellow blossoms that bloom throughout the summer, the Gold Drop potentilla is a great choice for your outdoor spaces. You can grow this shrub in almost any environment, and it will maintain its appearances without much care. For a burst of yellow color, you will want to choose the Gold Drop potentilla for your next landscaping project.

Plant Attributes

This deciduous shrub blooms with yellow flowers during the summer. The golden flowers develop at the ends of the branches, and you will be treated to these golden delights from late spring to early fall. Those bright yellow colors are perfectly contrasted against the light green, fine-textured foliage. The Gold Drop is also known as the “Buttercup Shrub” for its soft yellow colors and dainty blooms. In the autumn, the Gold Drop’s foliage turns into a coppery hue.

The Gold Drop potentilla has a rounded form. The stems feature a fine-texture that will set itself apart from other plants in your landscape. This compact shrub is the perfect plant for those northern gardeners. You can expect the flowers to grace your space until the first frost of the year.

Landscape Use

This small shrub is commonly used throughout the country. Those little golden blooms brighten up any space, and it will become one of your most treasured plants in the landscape. The potentilla works well as a low-growing, colorful border in your outdoor space.

This shrub makes a great addition to any type of landscape. Many people also use it as a specimen in a rock garden or mixed border as the yellow flowers can add some color to those bare spaces.

For those with a patio or deck, these shrubs excel in containers as they soften up the harsh edges. Some landscapers also use these plants for firescaping or erosion control. With their strong roots, these shrubs add stability to any space.

If that was not enough, the Gold Drop potentilla is a favorite treat for those little pollinators. If you have a garden or fruit trees in need of help, you might want to think about planting these shrubs around the yard.

Planting & Care

The Gold Drop potentilla thrives in almost all climates, and it is hardy in zones 2 to 7. These shrubs grow to 24 inches tall, and they have a spread of three feet in width. Since these shrubs fill out to the ground, you don’t need any facer plants in front of it. The Gold Drop potentilla does grow at a slow rate. You can expect this shrub to last for 30 years in your yard.

This hardy shrub flourishes in those areas with full sun to partial shade. It can adapt to both dry and moist environments. In most garden conditions, this little shrub will shine. The Gold Drop potentilla is tolerant of droughts, and it is an excellent choice for xeriscape or low-water gardens.

The Gold Drop potentilla does not require a specific pH or soil type. If you live in an urban environment, it can thrive in these harsh climates with pollution. Despite its hardiness, the Gold Drop potentilla is not recommended for landscapes in hot and humid climates.

The Gold Drop potentilla is a low-maintenance shrub. If you want to prune this shrub, then it should be done in the late winter after the harsh cold weather has passed. When the flower buds start to swell, make sure to fertilize it with a complete fertilizing product. At the end of the growing season, you may want to cut out those old branches to help rejuvenate the shrub. This potentilla can be pruned down to the ground since it will regrow in the spring.

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The Gold Drop potentilla is one of the most popular landscape shrubs on the market. When you add this shrub to your outdoor space, you will enjoy the extended bloom time, durability, and carefree nature of this plant. This hardy shrub tolerates a variety of growing conditions. For that reason, this shrub is perfect for everything from urban spaces to beachfront areas.

If you are ready to add the Gold Drop potentilla to your landscape, then Arbor Valley Nursery is prepared to assist you. Our inventory includes everything from trees to flowers, including the Gold Drop potentilla. These shrubs make an exceptional addition to any type of space. To learn more about this beautiful potentilla, make sure to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Watering Needs: Moderate, water occasionally
  • Botanical Pronunciation: Potentilla fruticosa
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Average landscape size: Mature height 2-3ft tall, 2-3 ft wide.
  • Special features: Easy Care, Fast Growing, North American Native Selection, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise
  • Dramatic Foliage: Rounded
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Summer through fall
  • Flower color: Yellow
  • Flower attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Good foundation cover around building walls or along the base of fence lines.
  • Companion Plants: Boxwood (Buxus); Spirea (Spiraea); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Weigela (Weigela); Lilac (Syringa)

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