Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa), also known as cinquefoil, is a cane shrub grown largely for its pretty, long-lasting blossoms. The multistemmed shrubs rise no higher than 4 feet, with a spread that is slightly smaller than the height. The stems fill thickly with gray-green …
How to Prune Potentilla Shrubs. Potentilla shrubs grow from 2 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 5 feet wide, depending on the variety. The yellow, white or red flowers bloom on the current season’s growth, so prune the plants in late winter or early spring before the new growth starts. Do not severely prune and shape Potentillas, since they have a loose,
How to Prune Potentilla Shrubs. Their five-petaled, roselike flowers — in white and a host of warm colors — provide a spring-to-fall show. Use potentillas as shrub border accents or train several into a head-turning low hedge. Prune the easy-care plants as needed to control their shape and size.
Prune potentilla shrubs by removing old stems, cutting back dead wood, shaping the shrub, pruning damaged limbs and trimming crossed branches. Shear the shrub heavily to rejuvenate it. You need a pair of pruning shears. Continue Reading.
Pruning Potentilla, Spireas and other Summer Blooming Shrubs. Cut all the stems of potentilla and spirea back halfway to the ground. Then remove half of the older and thicker stems to ground level. New shoots will emerge in spring. The older remaining stems …
Potentilla – Pruning, Winter Care and Fertilizing. Prune this shrub in early spring before they leaf out. Remove 50% to 75% of the top of the shrub maintaining a mounded form. Remove the heaviest canes all the way to the ground.
Avoid pruning potentilla after the shrub breaks dormancy in the spring. A high percentage of the plant’s energy is involved in forming leaves and beginning growth. Pruning at this time stresses the tree.
Potentilla Plant Care. At the end of the flowering season, cut out the old branches at ground level or rejuvenate the shrub by cutting the entire plant back to ground level and allowing it to regrow. After a few years, it takes on an awkward shape unless you cut all the way back.
When to prune evergreen shrubs. You can prune most evergreen shrubs just before growth starts in mid-spring, after any risk of frost has passed. Pruning at this time will avoid frost damage to new shoots, and any pruning scars will be concealed by new growth.
May 10, 2016 · Summer-Blooming Trees and Shrubs. Plants that bloom in summer, such as potentilla, butterfly bush, and crape myrtle, produce their flowers on new growth from the current season. Prune them in winter while they’re dormant, or in early spring just before they push out their new growth.
Author: BH&G Garden Editors
How to Grow Potentilla Shrubs You can also prune in fall after the plant becomes dormant, but avoid pruning in summer while the shrub’s growing actively. If flowering slows on older branches, stimulate new growth by removing some older branches at their origins from larger branches or at ground level.