Caryopteris incana ‘Jason’ SUNSHINE BLUE®

golden bluebeard

  • © Tim Wood

Outstanding Qualities

The bright sunny yellow leaves make this late-summer blooming deciduous shrub a true show stopper. SUNSHINE BLUE has an upright and compact shape and its bright yellow foliage adds multi-season color to the garden. The strong branches are not floppy and hold the late summer amethyst blue flowers in attractive tufts at the ends. The gold foliage is surprisingly resistant to burning in full sun and makes a brilliant statement when planted in drifts.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: blue, purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: 3 seasons foliage, late summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: The small foliage and fine texture look great with ornamental grasses. The straw colored stems of Molina caerulea cultivars or the soldier like spiky grass seed heads of Calamogrostis 'Karl Forester' would contrast well with the foliage and flowers of this Golden Bluebeard.

Great Color Contrasts: purple, dark green, orange

Great Color Partners: yellow, gold

Culture Notes
The key to successful culture is well drained soil and a spot in full sun. Most losses come from the roots receiving too much water during our rainy winters or planting it in too much shade. Fortunately, once established, this bluebeard only needs occasional watering during prolonged dry weather. These shrubs should be pruned in late winter to about 8 to 12 inches tall. This will encourage strong new growth which flowers best in late summer.