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Golden Bluebeard (Caryopteris incana 'Jason')



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How are you enjoying this plant so far? Ours finally sprung into action a few weeks ago after doing nothing much most of the season.
Are you expecting flowers this year?

29 Aug, 2008

 

It hasn't done anything too exciting yet - by it's rate of growth this year I was barely expecting leaves, lol! Not sure when it flowers, do you know?

30 Aug, 2008

 

I have been checking it daily, and there have been the same little buds for over a month. Then this evening, I noticed that the branches that are most shaded (by the rest of the plant) have started blooming. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow. I also noticed today that the plant has a very interesting smell when you rub the leaves.. I can't put my finger on it, but sort of like an artificially flavoured lemon-lime drink.
I'm just amazed by the beautiful almost irridescent leaf colour. Wish I knew what to do with it in the spring. Any idea if it's supposed to be cut back, and if so, how much?

30 Aug, 2008

 

I found this in the internet:
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers loose loams. Tolerates some drought. Intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils. Roots are winter hardy to USDA Zone 5, but top growth is only reliably winter hardy to USDA Zone 7. As a result, stems will often die to the ground in the cold winters of Zones 5 and 6, with roots surviving to push up new stems in spring. In areas north of USDA Zone 7, many gardeners avoid dealing with winter hardiness problems by regularly pruning stems back hard in late winter to early spring each year (as is often done with buddlejas or crepe myrtles). Even in warm winter climates where the stems usually will survive winter, gardeners still frequently prune the plants back hard in early spring to promote vigorous new stem growth. Flowering is unaffected by spring pruning because plants bloom on new growth.

31 Aug, 2008

 

Thanks. I had found various blurbs about other varieties, but not this specific one. Mine is living in clay, but so far so good. I think I'll go visit it now :)

31 Aug, 2008



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