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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:31 am 
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My husband planted this bush about 10 years ago and it has grown quite large. The beautiful yellow flowers are absolute favorites of bumblebees. We can't seem to find it in any of our gardening books.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:24 am 
Can you post a pic of it, along with what part of the country you're located?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:31 am 
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I thought that i'd uploaded the pix, but it seems to have disappeared. here she is.
we live in the midhudson valley in nys.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:48 am 
When you say "quite large", approx. how tall?

From the pics of those lovely flowers, I'd have to guess one of the several varieties of either Potentilla or St. John's Wort, but both of these shrubby plants have an approximate maximum height of around 4 feet.


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 Post subject: St. John's Wort?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:37 pm 
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The bush is about 3.5+ feet in height and much wider in diameter. The flowers are about 1" across and are in bloom right now. The appended picture is very true to the actual color of the flowers and the leaves. bees of all types just love it. The plant grows out from a central base, with woody stems that have a smooth bark like skin that is light iin color and looks like it is peeling off.

We've also found a number of new saplings that I'm guessing grew from fallen flowers. My daughter transplanted one in her yard and it is flourishing.

I have a friend who called it St. John's Wort, but when I've researched it, it didn't seem to fit in any way.

It has grown and keeps growing outward, so I'm going to take a chance and cut it back to a foot or so in the fall and see what happens in the spring. what do you think?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:01 pm 
Okay, here's a link to a page that shows several different cultivars of both Potentilla & St. John's Wort. As you'll see, both have flowers extremely similar to yours. I'm still guessing yours is one of these. You may want to look into both of these plants further.

http://www.naturehills.com/catalog/Bush ... spx?page=1


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Location: Pennsylvania zone 6B
It may be Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst'

http://www.robsplants.com/plants/HyperFrond.php


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:19 pm 
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Thank you very much. It looks nothing like the potentilla, but could be a variety if st johns wort, although it is much more beautiful than the varieties shown at the website.


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You didn't show much of the foliage or mention the height or include a picture of the entire shrub, but the flowers are a dead ringer for Hypericum frondosum. You can check out other sites for this species. I grow it in my garden.

http://www.floridata.com/ref/H/hype_fro.cfm


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:30 am 
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That's it! how did you find that? i've never across that variety in all of my searching. thanks so much!


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