Shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa, Rosaceae) is a relatively common wildflower that is native to much of North America. As a cold-hardy plant it’s most often found across Canada and the northern United States, as well as mountainous areas of the west.
This deciduous woody shrub typically reaches three to four feet (91 to 122 cm) in height. It features stems bearing thin, reddish-brown bark that becomes shredded with age. The compound leaves grow in dense clusters and are covered in fine hairs. Each leaf has three to seven narrow leaflets, although five is most common. Yellow, five-petaled flowers emerge singly or in small clusters at the end of each branch and appear throughout the summer.
Because of its attractive flowers and cold tolerance, shrubby cinquefoil is cultivated as an ornamental for cooler temperate regions (USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 2-7). Over 130 named cultivars have been bred that feature various flower colors.