The Complete Guide for CheeseHead™ Potentilla (Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890) Care

The CheeseHead™ Potentilla, otherwise known as the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 or Cherry Plum ‘Krauter Vesuvius’, Krauter Vesuvius Cherry Plum, Krauter Vesuvius Myrobalan plum, is a rather well known tree plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its high maintenance and moderate growth, this tree will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its dark green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this CheeseHead™ Potentilla Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

The fundamental caring guidelines for every CheeseHead™ Potentilla can be summed up into the following:

  • Water: The CheeseHead™ Potentilla wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
  • Light: Keep your Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the CheeseHead™ Potentilla in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your CheeseHead™ Potentilla is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

CheeseHead™ Potentilla flowers

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla belongs to the Roseaceae family, the genus Prunus and the species Cerasifera, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 (poh-ten-TILL-uh froo-tih-KOH-suh).

As with other Prunus’s, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

Growing Region

The CheeseHead™ Potentilla is a plant native to the SE. Europe to Central Asia.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your CheeseHead™ Potentilla is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

Growth and Size


In terms of size and growth, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.


But, how big does the CheeseHead™ Potentilla actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…

The Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 can grow up to 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) in 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) and 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) in 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m). 

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful compact, and rounded shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.


In terms of watering, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

CheeseHead™ Potentilla care


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your CheeseHead™ Potentilla in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your CheeseHead™ Potentilla is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

This is why most experts agree that the CheeseHead™ Potentilla requires soil with clay, loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this tree will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).


Being a deciduous plant, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (mid, late), and during the summer (early, mid, late).


You can expect your CheeseHead™ Potentilla to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).

In particular, this tree is well known for its long bloom season and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The CheeseHead™ Potentilla produces some beautiful yellow, or pink and white flowers around this time of year.


The leaves from the CheeseHead™ Potentilla have a beautiful dark green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a alternate organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

The CheeseHead™ Potentilla is well known for being able to attract birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

CheeseHead™ Potentilla plants


Does your CheeseHead™ Potentilla have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Smpfmy’ Plant Patent #28,890 owners agree that this tree will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of japanese garden, city and courtyard, informal and cottage, and in traditional garden styles. 

In particular, the CheeseHead™ Potentilla’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in hedges and screens, others use it for landscaping in a rock garden, mass planting, hedge, ground cover, firescaping/fire wise, erosion control, border, or a urban garden.

Companion Plants

CheeseHead™ Potentilla’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Panicum, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Physocarpus will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!


So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy CheeseHead™ Potentilla in your garden or home.

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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