McKays White Potentilla
Charming Flowers McKay’s White Potentilla
- Sweet Creamy White Flowers Cover this Small Shrub All Summer
- Useful Compact Size
- Fine-Textured, Dark Green Foliage
- Loved by Butterflies
- Peeling, Exfoliating Bark Adds Winter Interest
- Easy Care
- Deer Seem to Leave this Plant Alone
This compact, carefree flowering shrub is a garden designer’s secret! Highly ornamental McKay’s White Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White’) features a beautiful deep green ferny foliage. The delicate leaves are the perfect contrast to the pristine, creamy white blooms that cover it from top to bottom, all growing season long!
The showy flowers start blooming in late spring. Each saucer-shaped white blossom has a bright yellow center. You’ll really notice them, as they display themselves on the ends of the branches. The flower power continues right up until the first frost.
Butterflies will love the cheerful, dainty single blooms as much as you will. This native shrub is a wonderful addition to a Butterfly Garden.
These multi-stemmed shrubs grow into a rounded, compact overall shape. Garden designers love them because they are low maintenance enough to handle the tough conditions of commercial plantings. Just imagine how well it will do for you!
It can live up to 30 years in the right conditions and is adaptable to almost any situation. It's quite hardy, requiring little or no care from you, and also disease and pest resistant.
As Potentilla ages, you'll notice the bark on the branches may peel, creating an additional decorative accent for your landscape. With its long lasting blooms, it also is a magnet for butterflies.
It's hard to imagine a more advantageous small shrub than the McKay’s White Potentilla. Its unique foliage, lovely, long-lasting flowers and hardy nature combine to make it an outstanding choice for almost any landscape.
Order these pretty garden workhorses for your landscape this year. You’ll love them dearly!
How to Use McKay’s White Potentilla in the Landscape
Potentilla are wonderful little plants to include in your perennial garden or cottage garden. They are always offering color summer and fall.
The foliage looks dense, lush and full at a distance. But up close? The delicate texture adds a sweetness to the look that is matched by the open-faced, five-petaled blooms.
These wonderful small shrubs are simply excellent as an easy-breezy flowering foundation shrub. Plant them 2 feet on center to create an excellent low hedge. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
They are the perfect “facer plant” for larger shrubs that tend to be leggy. Just plant them on the sunny side of the taller plants and watch as the Potentilla fills in all the way to the ground.
You all have those hot and sunny spots in your yard. That is a great spot for a McKay’s White Potentilla. Their small size and sun tolerance offers plenty of options in tough, drier sites. Plant them along walkways, driveways and sidewalks where the sun can be merciless.
You may have seen McKay’s White Potentilla used on commercial sites. Commercial property owners love this plant because they grow and bloom their little heads off with little care.
They can be mass planted in open sunny areas by staggering on a 3 foot spacing in a zig-zag planting plan. Keep new mass plantings mulched and weeded until the plants grow together.
McKay’s White Potentilla make great informal low hedges to define garden areas. It’s best to leave them as untrimmed natural hedges as they bloom best on last year’s growth.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Don’t let McKay’s White delicate look fool you because this Potentilla is one tough, maintenance free plant with few if any problems. Plant this shrub in full sun for best flowering.
McKay’s White Potentilla won’t like standing water, so please select a site that dries out quickly after a rainfall. However, it will thrive in most soil types, as long as they are well-drained.
For continued bloom, give these sun lovers a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Water them carefully to establish. Once established, they are quite self-sufficient in most areas.
In early spring, before you start to see new growth, you’ll want to do a few renewal cuts to keep the shrub ship-shape and rejuvenated to keep up the flower power. Simply prune out the thickest, oldest and longest stems out right to the ground. You’ll leave the younger, thinner stems in place for best bloom.
How easy is that?
You’ll love this undemanding—but high impact—rounded little shrub. Get started, order your McKay’s White Potentilla today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Potentilla fruticosa 'McKay's White'|
|Mature Height||2 - 3 feet|
|Mature Spread||2 - 3 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|