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Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' (Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood')

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.75m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood'

Other names

Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood', Potentilla davurica 'Abbotswood', Potentilla dahurica 'Abbotswood'

Genus

Potentilla Potentilla

Variety or Cultivar

'Abbotswood' _ 'Abbotswood' is a bushy, spreading, deciduous shrub with pinnate leaves divided into small, narrowly oblong, dark blue-green leaves and saucer-shaped, white flowers from late spring into autumn.


Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer; White in Autumn

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' (Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood') will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Roof terrace

Cultivation

Can be planted in most soils but flowers fade more rapidly in full sun and last longer in moist soils.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood'

Other names

Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood', Potentilla davurica 'Abbotswood', Potentilla dahurica 'Abbotswood'

Genus

Potentilla Potentilla

Variety or Cultivar

'Abbotswood' _ 'Abbotswood' is a bushy, spreading, deciduous shrub with pinnate leaves divided into small, narrowly oblong, dark blue-green leaves and saucer-shaped, white flowers from late spring into autumn.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer; White in Autumn

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn

General care

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' (Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood') will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Roof terrace

Cultivation

Can be planted in most soils but flowers fade more rapidly in full sun and last longer in moist soils.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' (Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood')

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' (Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood')

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' (Shrubby cinquefoil 'Abbotswood')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orgyia thyellina

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest from Eastern Asia which could be damaging to broadleaf and coniferous species if introduced to the UK; as well as having human health impacts. The main pathway is likely to be on goods (including non-plant material) imported from Eastern Asia and awareness raising with the main industry sectors is recommended.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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