Happy Face Pink Paradise Potentilla

Product Code: ppink

Potentilla Happy FaceĀ® Pink Paradise (Potentilla fruticosa 'Kupinpa' PP22732)
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One of the top 20 best selling shrubs for 2018! Potentilla are big time bloomers and Pink Paradise is no exception. These cherry pink blossoms begin mid-spring and bloom all the way to frost! The flowers are semi-double so there are more petals and start out a fresh pink that holds it's color well. In the heat of summer the color may fade to the palest pink or even white. Small, compact form grows only 2-3' tall and wide. Tolerant of road salt. Plant in zones 2-7.

Planting & Care for Potentilla Perennial


  • White Potentilla needs full sunshine, it will also tolerate some dappled shade.
  • They need well-drained soil enriched with some organic matter.
  • Hardy to 0 degree Fahrenheit.
  • The short types make good edging plants, while the taller ones can be used successfully in a mixed planting.

Opening Plant Material

  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 
  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove the plant from the container. 

Planting Bare Root

  • Plant Bare root in fall.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and the same depth as the root mass. The crown or graft of the plant should be slightly higher than ground level where it was grown at the nursery.
  • Trim off the broken roots and branches.
  • Place fertilizer packets in hole (if purchased). Do not place other fertilizers in the planting hole. *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Spread the roots and fill halfway with soil, then water until soil settles completely saturating the soil and planting pit.
  • Re-adjust plant and fill the hole with the rest of the soil.
  • Back fill the balance of the soil and water well. 

Planting containers

  • Potentilla can be planted in early spring or late fall depending if you get a container or bare root.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
  • Water frequently when newly planted. 

Pruning - After Planting

  • Bare Root - Prune ALL bare root plants to reduce transplant shock and ensure success. Pruning should occur either before or as soon after planting as possible. All pruning should be done with a sharp pruning shears.
  • Container - Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Give the plant a light trim in early spring to force plenty of new growth and buds.
  • Flowers do not last well when cut.
  • After flowering – cut off spent flower stems at ground level, and tidy up the plants as the growth dies off.
  • In milder areas the foliage may hang on.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as oft en as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.


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Handling & Planting Guidelines

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Special Plant Features & Tips

  • Plant bare root in fall and containers in early spring or fall.
  • Give the plant a light trim in early spring to force plenty of new growth and buds.
  • Flowers do not last well when cut.
  • Flowers June-September
  • Potentilla- Cinquefoil belongs to the rose family, and the foliage can be attractive, even when plants are not in flower.
  • The short types make good edging planting, while the taller ones can be used successfully in a mixed planting.
  • Since flower stems tend to flop over, they might need light support.
  • While they need full sunshine, cinquefoil will also tolerate some dappled shade.
  • Needs well-drained soil enriched with some organic matter.
  • Apply a complete plant food as new growth commences in the spring.
  • After flowering – cut spent flower stems at ground level, and tidy up the plants as the growth dies off. In milder areas the foliage may hang on.
  • Hard to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transplant in April and May.

What is a bare root plant and how do I plant it?


How to plant containers


ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 2-7

Bloom Time: June - September
Color: Green, Pink
Plant Size: 2-3' tall and wide
Flower Color: pink
Fall Color: pink
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: Yes

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