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Q.Why Do Sections Of My Caryopteris Die Back Over The Winter.

Zone Clarksburg, MD 20871...zone 7 | Gwinter added on September 8, 2022 | Answered

The die back occurs most winters, sometimes as much as 3/4 of the bush. I cut the dead out and by late summer It has filled out and bloomed. It gets about 6 -7 hours of sun and is in a border planting with larger shrubs behind it. I do not water it. We generally get adequate rainfall. It’s ugly in the spring and beautiful by September.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on September 9, 2022

This is normal behavior from the shrub. Here is an article with more information:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/blue-mist-shrub/caryopteris-blue-mist-shrubs.htm

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