The Gingersnap™ Potentilla (Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For) Care Guide

The Gingersnap™ Potentilla, otherwise known as the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For or Tart Cherry ‘Meteor’, Sour Cherry ‘Meteor’, Dwarf Cherry ‘Meteor’, 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 Gingersnap™ Potentilla Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

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

  • Water: The Gingersnap™ Potentilla requires weekly watering during the growing season. Reduce watering once established.
  • Light: Keep your Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Gingersnap™ Potentilla in soil with moist but well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.

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

Gingersnap™ Potentilla leaves

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Gingersnap™ Potentilla belongs to the Rosaceae family, the genus Prunus and the species Cerasus, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For (poh-ten-TIL-a froo-ti-KOH-sa).

Other members from the Rosaceae family include Golden Delicious Apple, Wall Spray, Magnolia X ‘Daybreak’, Malus Domestica, Flowering Quince, Ninebark ‘Diablo’, Blenheim Apricot, Prunus Cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’, Thundercloud Myrobalan plum, Yoshino Cherry Akebono, Rhododendron Yakushimanum ‘Crete’, Climbing Rose ‘Golden Showers’, Rosa X ‘Joseph’S Coat’, Large-Flowered Climber, Spiraea Japonica ‘Conspiyet’ Plant Patent Applied For, Alchemilla Mollis ‘Thriller’, Egyptian Thorn ‘Kasan’, Spiraea × arguta ‘Grefsheim’, Fuji Apple, Rosa Rugosa, Laurel Cherry, Prunus Salicina ‘Ozark Premier’, Juneberry, Armeria Pseudarmeria ‘Dreamland’ Plant Patent #30601, Prostanthera Cuneata ‘Badja Peak’, Cosmos Atrosanguineus, Berri-Magic® Japanese Skimmia, Blushing Knock Out® Shrub Rose, Aronia arbutifolia var. nigra, Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose, Bing Sweet Cherry, Forsythia X ‘Courtasol’, Granada, Malus X Domestica ‘Red Delicious’, Snow Fountains® Weeping Cherry, Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’, Crown of Rays Goldenrod and Prunus X Cistena Plant Patent #29575.

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

Growing Region

You might be wondering why your Gingersnap™ Potentilla’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region.

Growth and Size


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


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

The Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For can grow up to 10′ – 14′ (3m – 4.3m) in 10′ – 14′ (3m – 4.3m) and 8′ – 12′ (240cm – 3.6m) in 8′ – 12′ (240cm – 3.6m). 

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 Gingersnap™ Potentilla is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

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

Specifically, most experts agree that the Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For requires weekly watering during the growing season. Reduce watering once established.

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

Gingersnap™ Potentilla plants


As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Gingersnap™ Potentilla in soil with moist but 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 Gingersnap™ 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 Gingersnap™ Potentilla needs or does not need water, every time.

Soil Mix

The Gingersnap™ Potentilla’s ideal soil potting mix is made out of sand, chalk, and loam.

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

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Gingersnap™ 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 full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For in 


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

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


You can expect your Gingersnap™ 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 Gingersnap™ Potentilla produces some beautiful orange, or pink flowers around this time of year.


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

The Gingersnap™ 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.

Gingersnap™ Potentilla flowers


Now, let’s talk garden and how your Gingersnap™ Potentilla will look best in it.

Most Potentilla Fruticosa ‘Hachapp’ Plant Patent Applied For 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 Gingersnap™ 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, border, urban garden, erosion control, mass planting, or a wildlife garden.

Companion Plants

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

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


And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Gingersnap™ Potentilla to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

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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