I’ve enjoyed growing a small potentilla for the last two years. As a deciduous shrub, I can appreciate the structure of the branches in winter and enjoy the flowers in summer.
Potentilla in bloom
In my garden, the tree really kicks into gear around this time of year. If my goal for this tree were to thicken the trunk or primary branches, I’d let it grow until fall so the tree could generate as much new growth as possible.
As this specimen is small and somewhat dense, I find that interior branches die back unless I thin some of the foliage. In an effort to preserve these branches, I’ll remove some of the leaves and shorten the longer branches.
Five-lobed potentilla leaf
After thinning foliage and cutback – 5″ tall
Although I enjoy being able to see into the tree’s interior, I do miss the flowers. If I’m lucky, I may see a few more blooms before summer is over.
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Larry S. says
The trunk on the Potentilla is very nice. Do you weave the trunks while young, or will they grow that way on their own?
Jonas Dupuich says
Thanks, Larry! My understanding is that potentilla naturally grow like this but I’m not sure as I have yet to raise any from the beginning.