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Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Worcester Gold' (Blue beard, Blue-mist shrub)

Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Worcester Gold' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Worcester Gold' kare-ee-OP-ter-iss ex klan-don-EN-sis Common Name: Blue beard, Blue-mist shrub Genus: Caryopteris
'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 characteristics: Relatively drought tolerant and very heat tolerant. Shrub expands slowly as branches that touch the ground form their own roots.
Care: Grow 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.
Propagation: Separate rooted stems from parent plant and transplant in early spring. Also from softwood cuttings.
Problems: Infrequent. Capsid bugs may affect leaves. May need to be hard pruned in spring in areas with severe winters.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Adaptable
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Flowers; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Blue Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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