All the Potentilla family are hardy, dwarf to medium size shrubby plants. They thrive in most soils and are happy in sun or partial shade. The typically yellow, white or red flowers are displayed over a long season.
The common P.fruiticosa is a native species distributed through-out the northern hemisphere. Having been long in cultivation there have arisen many hybrids and named varieties. An excellent subject for bonsai despite never making an actual tree in the landscape.
This garden produced bonsai has had a bit of branch develop already carried out by the previous owner. Potentilla are commonly designed as bonsai to maximise the two main attractive features, the flowering and the interesting coloured flaking bark. The photos show the attractive flowers and the species can be persuaded to flower over a long period of time each year. The bonsai is chuhin in size at a height of 40cm. and has branching that spreads to 28cm. The trunk is 3cm. across at the base. The pot is a plastic bonsai trainer that measures 31x21x5cm.