The Complete Guide for Frosty® Potentilla (Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Monsidh’) Care

The Frosty® Potentilla, otherwise known as the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Monsidh’ or Sweet Cherry ‘Bing’, Bing Sweet Cherry, is a rather well known tree plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this tree will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its 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 Frosty® Potentilla Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

In order to take proper care of your Frosty® Potentilla you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Water: The Frosty® 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 ‘Monsidh’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Frosty® 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 Frosty® Potentilla is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Frosty® Potentilla flowers

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Frosty® Potentilla belongs to the Rosaceae family, the genus Prunus and the species Avium, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Monsidh’ (poh-ten-TIL-a froo-ti-KOH-sa).

Other popular Rosaceae plants include species like Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’, Prunus Serrulata ‘Kwanzan’, Red Delicious Apple, Prunus X ‘Snofozam’, Yellow banksia Rose, Solidago ‘Crown Of Rays’, Callery Pear ‘Bradford’, Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’, Malus ‘Yellow Delicious’, Lilla Smoke Bush, Braeburn Apple, Malus Domestica, Flowering Quince, Pink Stripe New Zealand Flax, Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Gold Star’, Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’, Thundercloud Myrobalan plum, Prunus Persica Var. Nucipersica ‘Snow Queen’, Floribunda rose ‘Golden Beauty’, Rosa ‘Golden Showers’, Climbing Rose ‘Joseph’s Coat’, Rosa X ‘New Dawn’, Spiraea Japonica ‘Conspiyet’, Alchemilla Mollis ‘Thriller’, Everlasting Thorn ‘Kasan’, First Snow Spirea, Fuji Apple, Ramanas Rose, Common Laurel, Prunus Salicina ‘Ozark Premier’, Alpine Alyssum, ‘Brilliantissima’ Chokeberry, Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’, Cosmos Atrosanguineus, Berri-Magic® Japanese Skimmia, Raspberry ‘Anne’, Photinia melanocarpa and Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose.

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

Growing Region

The Frosty® Potentilla is a plant native to the Europe to Afghanistan and Northern Africa.

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 Frosty® Potentilla is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Monsidh’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region.

Growth and Size


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


But what exactly does this mean for your Frosty® Potentilla? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…

The Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Monsidh’ can grow up to 12′ – 35′ (3.6m – 10.5m) in 12′ – 35′ (3.6m – 10.5m) and 12′ – 25′ (3.6m – 7.5m) in 12′ – 25′ (3.6m – 7.5m). 

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


In terms of watering, the Frosty® 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 ‘Monsidh’ 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. 

Frosty® Potentilla plants


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Frosty® 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. 

But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Frosty® Potentilla then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Frosty® Potentilla needs or does not need water, every time.

Soil Mix

The Frosty® Potentilla’s ideal soil potting mix is made out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

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

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Frosty® Potentilla requires 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 full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Monsidh’ in 


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

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


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

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

The Frosty® Potentilla produces some beautiful white, or white flowers around this time of year.


The leaves from the Frosty® Potentilla have a beautiful 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 ‘Monsidh’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

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

Frosty® Potentilla up close


Does your Frosty® 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 ‘Monsidh’ 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 prairie and meadow, informal and cottage, and in traditional garden styles. 

In particular, the Frosty® Potentilla’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in wall-side borders, others use it for landscaping in a hedge, urban garden, border, ground cover, rock garden, mass planting, firescaping/fire wise, erosion control, or a wildlife garden.

Companion Plants

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

Others consider that a nice Panicum 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 Frosty® Potentilla in your garden or home.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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