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Caryopteris  × clandonensis 'Worcester Gold'

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'Worcester Gold' is an attractive, mounding, woody shrub with warm yellow to chartreuse foliage and lavender-blue flowers in late summer and early autumn. The flowers are fragrant and attractive to bees and butterflies. The foliage is also aromatic. It is ideal for a mixed or shrub border.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsRelatively drought tolerant and very heat tolerant. Shrub expands slowly as branches that touch the ground form their own roots.

CareGrow in well-drained soil that is not overly rich. Shape them in spring to keep rounded clump form. Foliage keeps its golden color in cooler climates but might fade to pale green in warmer zones. Cut back to 3-inch stems in late winter to promote vigorous branching growth.

PropagationSeparate rooted stems from parent plant and transplant in early spring. Also from softwood cuttings.

ProblemsInfrequent. Capsid bugs may affect leaves. May need to be hard pruned in spring in areas with severe winters.

  • Genus : Caryopteris
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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